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Escaped horse runs loose through Manhattan streets

By Ben Hooper
Escaped horse runs loose through Manhattan streets
Goldie the carriage horse ran loose across 11 blocks of Manhattan after escaping from her stable while being unharnessed Tuesday evening. Screenshot: WABC-TV

May 31 (UPI) -- The West Side of Manhattan resembled the Wild West Tuesday night when an escaped horse ran loose on the New York City streets.

Brooke Fedigan posted a video to Facebook showing the horse, Goldie, running lose on West 54th Street while she filmed it from a car being driven by her husband behind the equine.

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"It cut our car off; we were like, 'Whoa, what was that?'" Fedigan told WNBC-TV. "We almost hit the horse."

Conor McHugh, manager of Clinton Park Stables, said Goldie escaped Tuesday evening after taking a wrong turn down a ramp while being unharnessed for the day.

Angel Diaz, a deliveryman, spotted the horse heading toward traffic on the West Side Highway.

"I jumped out of my car, and was like, 'Whoa, slow down,' and she was kind of like, kind of skeptical about it," Diaz said.

Goldie turned around about 11 blocks from where her run began and trotted home on her own, officials said.

Carriage driver Basil Northam downplayed the incident.

"The horse came home, and didn't have enough exercise, and ran around for a couple blocks, and then ran back to the stable and went and ate her hay," Northam told WABC-TV.

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Advocacy groups including NYCLASS said the incident highlights the need for a ban on carriage horses in the city.

"Enough is enough," the group said in a statement. "It shouldn't take the death of a beautiful horse for city leaders to take action."

McHugh defended the stable's safety record.

"In the grand scheme of thing, our business has an excellent record," he told the New York Daily News. "Thankfully this didn't have any repercussions apart for some people getting excited for a period of time."

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