Startled carriage horse goes on Central Park run

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Associated Press

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 10:00 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A startled carriage horse has taken a jaunt around New York's Central Park without any passengers or its driver.

The union that represents carriage drivers says the horse became detached from its bridle Monday evening.

The horse ran into the park, following its usual route. When it exited the park a group of carriage drivers was waiting to corral it. The horse's carriage got caught on an open taxi door, and the horse stopped.

Carriage driver and union spokesman Stephen Malone says there were no injuries to the horse or any people.

An advocacy organization seeking to end the carriage horse industry says carriage horses and New York streets don't mix and it's "time to retire the carriage horses."

Actor Liam Neeson is among those campaigning to keep them.

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