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     July 24, 2020      #3H-206 SsK

Bidding a fond farewell to horses 


By Jack Klasey

On Jan. 1, 2021, horse-drawn carriages will no longer provide rides for tourists in Chicago. In effect, the horse will disappear from the city’s streets.

Here in Kankakee, the horse — aside from occasional appearances in parades and fairs — has not been a common sight on city streets for about a century. The equine population of the United States, after reaching a peak of 26 million in 1915, declined steadily. By 1960, there were only about 3 million horses in the nation; nearly all were used for recreational riding (since that low point, the number of recreational horses has tripled, to an estimated 9 million).

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