Sunday, August 30, 2009

PANICKED HORSES RESULT IN ACCIDENTS: Quebec City; Philadelphia & Salt Lake City

In Quebec City
(horse-drawn carriages are referred to as Caleche)

CTV -Montreal, Canada

Pony-cart driver injured near Quebec City

A pony-cart driver is in hospital after a ride went horribly wrong Saturday at a community festival in Lac St. Charles, north of Quebec City.

According to witnesses the two ponies were pulling a dozen children in a cart when the animals panicked and started to gallop along a street.

The driver was unable to get the animals under control, and when the caleche struck a car, the driver fell under the cart.

With nobody at the reins, the ponies continued to race down the street, and only ended their wild race when adults at the end of the block were able to grab the animals and get them to stop.

Several children were thrown from the cart, and three suffered minor injuries.

One of the driver's legs was severed below the knee.

He was rushed to hospital, although it is not known if doctors were able to reattach the limb.

CSST is now investigating the accident to determine what went wrong.

And in Philadelphia ...

Carriage crash injures horse

6ABC tv – action news

A carriage horse is nursing injuries after crashing while touring with passengers.

The incident happened at 3rd and Walnut Streets in Old City Philadelphia shortly after 5:00 p.m. Saturday.

Reports indicate something scared the horse resulting the carriage to crash at that intersection.

The carriage wrapped around a pole while the horse fell to the ground.

And in Salt Lake City ...

Horse leads tourists on wild ride through downtown Salt Lake City

by Melinda Rogers

The Salt Lake Tribune


An Idaho Falls family visiting Salt Lake City entered an unexpected carriage racing derby Saturday night, when a planned leisurely ride through downtown turned into a case of a runaway horse.

The family of seven was westbound in a horse-drawn carriage on 300 South near Main Street around 10 p.m., said Salt Lake City Police Lt. Mark Scharman, when "Jim", the black 12-year-old horse pulling the carriage, became spooked.

Jim broke into a trot and then a full gallop about a half block from Main Street, but his owner, Jason Kirton was able to subdue the animal, Scharman said. When Kirton brought the carriage to a stop, he exited it to try to calm Jim before continuing the ride with his patrons.

The horse, however, became frightened again, dragging Kirton along the street and forcing him to let go of the reins, Scharman said. The family of seven was then left in the carriage with the horse running away and no driver to stop him, Scharman.

"It goes into a full run; this family is in there hanging on for dear life," he said.

A Salt Lake City police officer on a bike reported to the scene to help stop the runaway horse, Scharman said. But when the officer approached the horse, his bike became tangled with the carriage and he fell down trying to stop the animal, Scharman said.

The carriage came to a stop about two blocks later when it hit a parked car, Scharman said.

Scharman said Kirton and the police officer suffered

minor injuries. The carriage and police officer's bike were both totaled in the incident, he said.

The Idaho Falls family was "fine, but just a little shook up," Scharman said.

He said to his knowledge Kirton has the proper permits to operate a horse carriage downtown.

It's unknown what scared the horse and caused it to run, but there was loud traffic in the area that may have contributed to the animal's unease, Scharman said.

Kirton, who offers carriage rides to tourists in Salt Lake City, told police Jim's behavior on Saturday was unusual, Scharman said.

Jim recently participated in Salt Lake City's Days of '47 parade where he walked calmly along the route, Kirton told police, noting the horse is usually friendly with carriage patrons.


  1. What is it like to wake up every morning, and leap with glee at a news report about an accident involving a horse?

    You are despicable, a ghoul, the dreck of humanity.

    God help you and your dark soul.

  2. THIS is how you people are spending your time? Drooling over articles about spooked horses? Well, it goes hand in hand with getting off on pictures of dead horses. Do you guys keep one in your back pocket so you can take a peak at it several times a day?
    I guess you have to keep this charade up to quantify your exsistence, Edita, to keep your job. Friends of animals always has elderly and very young people out there with banners who look, for lack of a better word, challenged. Like that one "Murphy"....So, this is how you make your living, huh? Off people who dont know any better?
    Michaleen is right, the DRECK of humanity!