Urban horsemen in Colombia facing life without their steeds

  • Luis Cruz, a horse-cart driver in Bogota, Colombia prepares to put his horse up for adoption in exchange for a motorized vehicle. The city is hoping to get almost 3,000 working horses off the street. JIM WYSS / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Horse carts in Bogota, Colombia are lined up on a university campus after the horses that pulled them were given up for adoption. The city is hoping to get almost 3,000 working horses off the streets of South America's second-largest capital city. JIM WYSS / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Horse carts in Bogota, Colombia are lined up on a university campus after the horses that pulled them were given up for adoption. The city is hoping to get almost 3,000 working horses off the streets of South America's second-largest capital city. JIM WYSS / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Luis Enrique Neira, 51, has been a horse-cart driver in Bogota, Colombia since he was 12 years old. The city is trying to get almost 3,000 horse-carts off the city streets with an exchange program. JIM WYSS / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A horse named Pagatodo hauls trash and scrap metal on the streets of Bogota, Colombia. The city is trying to get almost 3,000 horse-carts off the streets by letting riders trade their animals for vehicles. JIM WYSS / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Luis Enrique Neira, 51, has been a horse-cart driver in Bogota, Colombia since he was 12 years old. The city is trying to get almost 3,000 horse-carts off the city streets by letting riders trade their animals for vehicles. JIM WYSS / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Hundreds of horse carts pack the center of Bogota, Colombia during a 2011 protest. The city is trying to get almost 3,000 horse-carts off the road by letting their owners trade in their animals for motorized vehicles. Courtesy WSPA

  • Hundreds of horse carts pack the center of Bogota, Colombia during a 2011 protest. The city is trying to get almost 3,000 horse-carts off the road by letting their owners trade in their animals for motorized vehicles. Courtesy WSPA