I am up in the air on this issue. I have no interest in taking a ride around the park on one of these carriages but it is still, in my opinion a real part of the city experience. Even just seeing them is very New York (so to speak). I think if the horses were to stop offering rides, something would be missing around Central Park.
When it comes to banning the horses, Mayor De Blasio claims it is due to inhumane treatment, while others claim its (according to Time Out NY) his desire to please wealthy backers who want to develop the West Side properties where the stables currently stand.