A buggy horse takes shelter under a highway bridge in Sungai Bambu, North Jakarta, on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Jakarta's Forgotten Horses

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

MAY 11, 2020

Horse-drawn buggies that used to carry tourists around the National Monument in Central Jakarta have been banned since three months ago as the city went into semi-lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus. 

But where have the horses gone?

It turns out many of them, along with the buggies and even their owners, have been taking shelter under a highway bridge near Sungai Bambu in North Jakarta.

"Before the pandemic, we could earn Rp 100,000–200,000 ($7–13) per day. Now we earn nothing," 45-year-old buggy owner Hariyanto said on Monday.
 
The horses living under the bridge are emaciated and suffer from skin and eye problems since they have not had a proper feed for weeks. 

Hariyanto, who has driven a buggy for the past 12 years, demanded help from the Jakarta provincial government to provide feed for his horses and send veterinarians to check on their conditions. 

White pony horse is seen under the highway bridge on Monday (11/05). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
 Horses shelter under a highway bridge in Sungai Bambu, Jakarta, on Monday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A horse-drawn buggy driver feeds his horse. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A buggy driver feeds his horse. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
All ribs can be seen. Horses that look like these are simply aren
Ribs are showing on an emaciated horse. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A white skinny horse stands next to horse-drawn buggies under a highway bridge. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A horse stands next to a wooden buggy. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Haryanto, a 45-year-old horse-drawn buggy driver, brushes his horse. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Haryanto brushes the hair on his horse. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The horses crown and accesories hasn
Buggy accessories languishing next to makeshift stables. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Horses eyes look unhealthy. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
This horse has been suffering from an eye problem. But there is no vet to examine him. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man puts a horseshoe on a unhealthy horse. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man hammers in a nail on a horseshoe. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A horse eats from an empty feed bucket. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A horse eats from a nearly empty feed bucket. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A horse-drawn buggy driver feeds his horse under the highway bridge on Monday (11/05). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A buggy driver feeds his horse under the highway bridge. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

 

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