People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has long argued for a ban, saying it is not good for the horses and dangerous, given the volume of traffic.
Peta reports that the taxi lost control and hit the horse-drawn carriage, a hansom cab, tossing the driver on to the street. The horse, named Blackie, broke free of the carriage and ran at least two blocks before being captured. The horse was taken to Clinton Park stables on 52nd Street. Blackie was understood not to be injured.
The taxi driver and carriage driver were taken to hospital.
Donny Moss, the director of a documentary called Blinders, about the New York carriage horse industry, was able to get footage of the accident's aftermath.