We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
On a visit to Colonial Williamsburg a couple years ago, we learned that there are some horse breeds that NEED to work (I think- the American Cream?). If left un-worked, they kick the dickens out of their stalls, etc... Sigh!
Draft animals were, of course, bred to work. And dairy cows to give milk, many terriers to ferret out... well, whatever they ferret out.
That said, draft or other work animals are sometimes treated a bit too much like tools that cannot feel pain. If you are a lover of horses and spend much time with them, take a ride out to Amish country around Lancaster (or Ohio or wherever else) and observe how many of the horses pulling those quaint Amish wagons are "off".
The animals are in pain but will be used to do the job for which they were purchased until they can no longer do it and then sold to the horse byproducts people for slaughter.
I don't know that there is any viable way around that but seeing animals in pain is painful.
Oh, yeah, the new mayor will almost certainly toss a bone to his fellow travelers. His purpose will not, however, be to show his concern for draft animals, mistreated, in pain, or otherwise. His purpose will be demonstrate that he can put businesses out of business.
And the horse drawn carts are a relatively painless way to go about that. Not a large industry with legions of workers. The only people who are hurt at the tourists who pay for the rides and they certainly aren't going to avoid NYC just because they can't ride in a horse drawn buggy. Plus the stables will become unused and those properties sold off to the highest bidder who is a Friend of Bill and can, therefore, be ushered through the red tape maze that will be put in place to prevent those who aren't Friends of Bill from profiting by his demonstration of power.
NYC is will become Chicago On The Hudson or, perhaps, will regain its old Tammany Hall flavor. Same same I suppose.
I should mention that it is not just the Amish or even general users of working animals who sometimes mistreat them. Even those with the best of intentions do so.
While probably not common it is not unusual to see horses kept as, for lack of a better description, pets well beyond the time they should have been humanely put down. I've seen some that could hardly stand anymore let alone walk but the owner didn't have the "heart" (or, perhaps, the disposal fee) to put them down.
And similar things apply to a wide range of pets such as cats and dogs. How many of us keep our pet alive so that we don't have to face the pain of a euthanizing the animal? Fluffy or spot still lift their head to give us a lick even though they can barely climb to their feet to walk to their food dish, so we just can't see our way to ending their suffering.
Most of the carriage horses are retired racehorses - Not open track, but trotters -sulky racing. Since most racehorse careers are fairly short, and horses live fairly long (up to and some past 30yrs with good care) this is a win-win situation for Amish and people wanting a good trotter. And some horses do want/need to work. They become behavior problems and not usually suitable for pleasure horses/pets.
This keeps large numbers of usable horses from being sent to slaughter in Canada and Mexico. The U.S. lifted it's ban of horse slaughter in 2012, but so far hasn't been able to open a slaughterhouse capable of handling horses due to terroristic threats and actions of enviros. They'd prefer the unwanted horses be shipped long distances to be slaughtered in MX or CANADA where humane practices are not enforced.
As for the situation in NYC, My first thought is that there is no fun in a communist state. No enjoyment, no culture.