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.