Residents and tourists on the Isle of Man have relied on the Douglas Horse Tram Service for over 140 years. This week, however, a local vet put a screeching halt to the city’s horse drawn transport. The tram horses have taken ill.
A few of the horses have contracted a respiratory illness is not uncommon but is contagious among horses (not humans). It is not life threatening, the horses will all recover but they are being confined to their stable to receive a course of antibiotics and to mitigate transmission to other horses.
“It is not unreasonable to expect the horses to be fully fit and back in action in the next 10 to 14 days,” explained Ray Cox, Director of Milan Vets.
Ian Bates, Head of Public Transport Operations, added, “We understand this is disappointing news for our customers. However, the welfare of the horses always comes first. We are confident that the horses will make a full recovery and we will work with the vets to resume our services as soon as possible.”