One of the distinctive features about downtown, central Merida are these:
These horse-drawn carriages line the streets around the cathedral and zocolo across the street. They are, of course, mainly for the benefit and enjoyment of the thousands of tourists who visit Merida each year.
Every time I am there, I always hear somebody feeling sorry for these horses. Lamenting how skinny they are and that the poor things have to stand around for hours doing nothing.
I know a thing or two about horses. These horses are not malnourished and not abused. In fact, they all have healthy coats and bright eyes. I think they are very well cared for. Consider that if they were not, there goes the family bread and butter. I think it is just the breed of horse.
I don't know which breed it is. It is unfamiliar to me. Much smaller than the horses to the north. The confirmation of most of them is nothing to take to the show ring. But they are not abused.