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Horses Bolt At Parade; 24 Hurt, 5 Critically
AP Report ^ | July 04th, 2010

Posted on 07/04/2010 2:38:15 PM PDT by Steelfish

Edited on 07/04/2010 2:46:44 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

BELLEVUE, Iowa At least 24 people were hurt, 13 of them children, when two horses became spooked during a Fourth of July parade in Iowa and ran out-of-control, trampling onlookers.


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1 posted on 07/04/2010 2:38:18 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Oh boy...this is terrible.

I used to worry about this sort of thing back when horses were used to pull the Mardi Gras floats.

Prayers for the injured.


2 posted on 07/04/2010 2:41:31 PM PDT by blam
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To: Steelfish

What spooked them?


3 posted on 07/04/2010 2:42:59 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Steelfish

Ahhh, this is too bad. Prayers and sympathy for everyone touched by this.


4 posted on 07/04/2010 2:44:00 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (A Glorious Fourth of July to all Patriotic Americans.! Take back our land and government!)
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To: Fantasywriter

They’re horses. Everything spooks them.


5 posted on 07/04/2010 2:44:00 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Fantasywriter

A person who answered the phone at the Bellevue Police Department told The Associated Press it would issue a statement shortly.


6 posted on 07/04/2010 2:45:16 PM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: Steelfish

Happens every now and then in these parades. A few years ago in Tucson, a beautiful young girl got thrown from her horse and killed in a parade. It got spooked by the crowd somehow, and bolted. Turned out she was too young, but her parents had signed a statement that she met minimum age requirements. No doubt they were so proud of her, and couldn’t conceive such a horrible thing would happen. I’m glad I didn’t witness it, an image that would haunt forever.


7 posted on 07/04/2010 2:45:40 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Lurker
They’re horses. Everything spooks them.

Gosh, that's true, you can never let your guard down. I had a friend of mine, arm and shoulder crushed when carriage horse got spooked by reflection in mud puddle.

8 posted on 07/04/2010 2:47:03 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (A Glorious Fourth of July to all Patriotic Americans.! Take back our land and government!)
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To: Lurker

Yeah, but what if somebody dropped one of those big ole’ M-80’s near the horses. You know how mischievous kids can get with stuff...


9 posted on 07/04/2010 2:47:03 PM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: Lurker

Thats right. they are living beings, with their own minds and the ability to do what they please.
Prayers for all those injured.


10 posted on 07/04/2010 2:47:23 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Lurker

That’s the truth. My camera shutter could set off my daughter’s horse.


11 posted on 07/04/2010 2:48:33 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Lurker

“They’re horses. Everything spooks them.”

And I’ve got the compound fractures to prove. I’m lucky.


12 posted on 07/04/2010 2:50:37 PM PDT by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: EBH

It will be interesting to find out what they say. Not even the spookiest horse I ever owned spooked at everything. She needed something in particular to set her off. These horses sound proper spooked. I wonder if it could have been on purpose?


13 posted on 07/04/2010 2:50:48 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Lurker

I have a straw hat that spooks horses. Haven’t tried to fighure out why.


14 posted on 07/04/2010 2:50:54 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Lurker

As if people wouldn’t be spooked—were the roles and the ratios reversed!


15 posted on 07/04/2010 2:51:33 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Fantasywriter

That was might thought. They were really spooked, not just shy away spook. Makes me thing mischief and these days with kids being foreign to the farm...

Ahhh...don’t get me started.


16 posted on 07/04/2010 2:56:30 PM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: Steelfish

That does it, we gotta outlaw horses now. Just how many horses does one need anyway. They are especially dangerous in the hands of untrained riders, even worse in the hands of bad people. Can’t we just virtually ride horses in video games? I’m sure there are some congressmen who could quote a nonexistant clause in the contitution that specifically states that congress has the right to outlaw horses...


17 posted on 07/04/2010 2:57:50 PM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (A "tea bagger"? Say it to my face. ><BCC>)
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To: Blue Collar Christian; Steelfish

Almost forgot, it’s for the children, if outlawing horses saves just one life...


18 posted on 07/04/2010 2:59:23 PM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (A "tea bagger"? Say it to my face. ><BCC>)
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To: Steelfish

Here is a link to the local newspaper. http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=288209&em=2 They have been updating it as more information is released. This is a tragedy of huge proportions for Bellevue, a small town along the Mississippi. They were very fortunate that 60 to 70 emergency workers were there to watch the parade and able to respond quickly.


19 posted on 07/04/2010 2:59:28 PM PDT by shempy (BOYCOTT GM & CHRYSLER - support American VALUES!)
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To: Steelfish
Years ago, Budweiser always filled the “beer” barrels on the parade wagon with water so the Clydesdales would have some weight to pull, and had the horse (over the road) trailer in front of them in case they “broke” during a parade.

Danbury, Connecticut, about 35 years ago. Truck was deadlined but they put horses in parade anyway. They broke and ran over a junior high school band.

Forgot the casualty count, but was bad,, considering the size, weight and number of horses, and wheels on the beer truck.

20 posted on 07/04/2010 2:59:55 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Prezdet Obama is what you get when you let the O.J. jury select a president !)
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To: Fantasywriter

Authorities say one of the horses from a two-horse hitch rubbed his head against the other horse, dislodging the horse’s bridle and causing both horses to become uncontrollable.

PHOTOS: 24 hurt when horses escape during Bellevue parade
http://gazetteonline.com/breaking-news/2010/07/04/report-horses-escape-during-bellevue-parade-injure-spectators


21 posted on 07/04/2010 3:00:12 PM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: Blue Collar Christian

How very Christian of you to so quickly hitch your agenda to this tragedy.


22 posted on 07/04/2010 3:01:36 PM PDT by shempy (BOYCOTT GM & CHRYSLER - support American VALUES!)
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To: EBH

Exactly. People with no concept of equine psychology could have blown a vuvuzela horn at them—or somebody could have thrown a firecracker. I hope the police get to the bottom of it. These horses wouldn’t have stampeded over children unless they were terrified. Whoever set them off should be identified, and if it was done with malice, prosecuted.


23 posted on 07/04/2010 3:02:31 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: blam
I used to go to rodeos a lot. At one, a cow got spooked and cleared the fence into the stands (yeah, a cow. It was one of those cow-milking contests.) At the Belton Rodeo one year, the girl holding the American flag was posed under the fireworks (domed arena, fireworks were in the upper railings) and a big chunk of flaming material dropped on the horse's rear end. It went crazy, but didn't hit the stands.

Horses are big and powerful and can do a lot of damage.

24 posted on 07/04/2010 3:04:17 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Steelfish

A Horse is an accident looking for a place to happen. I send prayers to all those involved in this terrible accident. God Bless.


25 posted on 07/04/2010 3:05:02 PM PDT by TRAPPER2 (God Bless Our Troops, and God Bless America)
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To: Steelfish

Boy I sure hate hearing things like this, but the truth is, horses are dangerous animals with the fight or flight instinct. I just hope people don’t go on a rampage trying to outlaw horses from participation - they are inherently dangerous - but what the heck isn’t?

I read the article and it states that it was a team of horses; one horse was rubbing his head on the other and slipped the bridle off. Eeek! As a driver of draft horses, I can relate to the situation and have seen this happen before. I never let my horses rub against each other in harness for that very reason, and they MUST have proper-fitting equipment that cannot possibly be rubbed off. I also have the horses checked-up so they can’t lower their heads enough to be a danger.

Parades are a huge challenge for all horses. We ride our draft horses in the Tournament of Roses Parade and this year our group was right in front of the Honda float that fired off a canon every 2 minutes. Because we take a lot of time to season our horses before a huge parade, we usually have the edge off, but it’s always a risk and we never fool ourselves that ‘nothing will ever happen.’ Get passive, get killed.

My God I hope those people are okay - I feel terrible for the kids involved. Prayers that all survive with no permanent damage, bless their hearts.


26 posted on 07/04/2010 3:05:42 PM PDT by LadyShires
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To: EBH

Not sure I’m buying this. It’s convenient, isn’t it, to find one of the horses wholly at fault. I have never yet seen a horse get its bridle out of place and break into a blind panic.


27 posted on 07/04/2010 3:05:48 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: EBH
Yeah, but what if somebody dropped one of those big ole’ M-80’s near the horses. You know how mischievous kids can get with stuff...

I'm betting that's what it was. I haven't even read the story but it very well could be that's what it was. If it was mischievous kids then they should bear the full consequences of the law. They should be charged criminally and their parents should be held financially responsible. It's time we made these stupid kids aware that there are consequences. I despise firecrackers and fireworks (expect for professional types at shows) and think they should be illegal.
28 posted on 07/04/2010 3:08:08 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: shempy

Shows to go ya, some people don’t recognize sarcasm!

I love riding horses. I was comparing this issue with horses to guns.


29 posted on 07/04/2010 3:08:15 PM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (A "tea bagger"? Say it to my face. ><BCC>)
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To: Lurker
"They’re horses. Everything spooks them."

They must have been Arabian horses! Everything spooks them."

30 posted on 07/04/2010 3:08:35 PM PDT by An Old Man
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To: Steelfish

Boy I sure hate hearing things like this, but the truth is, horses are dangerous animals with the fight or flight instinct. I just hope people don’t go on a rampage trying to outlaw horses from participation - they are inherently dangerous - but what the heck isn’t?

I read the article and it states that it was a team of horses; one horse was rubbing his head on the other and slipped the bridle off. Eeek! As a driver of draft horses, I can relate to the situation and have seen this happen before. I never let my horses rub against each other when they’re in harness for that very reason, and they MUST have proper-fitting equipment that cannot possibly be rubbed off. I also have the horses checked-up so they can’t lower their heads enough to be a danger.

Parades are a huge challenge for all horses. We ride our draft horses in the Tournament of Roses Parade and this year our group was right in front of the Honda float that fired off a canon every 2 minutes. Because we take a lot of time to season our horses before a huge parade, we usually have the edge off, but it’s always a risk and we never fool ourselves that ‘nothing will ever happen.’ Get passive, get killed.

My God I hope those people are okay - I feel terrible for the kids involved. Prayers that all survive with no permanent damage, bless their hearts.


31 posted on 07/04/2010 3:12:05 PM PDT by LadyShires
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

and for us...it was a snapping of a carrot.


32 posted on 07/04/2010 3:13:43 PM PDT by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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To: Richard Kimball

Did you ever hear the story about how Will Rogers broke into show biz big time? He was a participant in a vaudeville rodeo [Madison Square Gardens], and a steer jumped the railing and headed up into the stands. Will jumped the railing on his horse, lassoed the steer and calmed it. The rest is history.


33 posted on 07/04/2010 3:14:11 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Richard Kimball
"Horses are big and powerful and can do a lot of damage."

Pants were not invented until the horse was domesticated. They (pants) were necessary to straddle the horses back.

34 posted on 07/04/2010 3:14:33 PM PDT by blam
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To: Steelfish
This is why we invented cars.

I can only hope the injured were Democrat "environmentalists".

(And this from a guy who grew up on horses and whose daughter is a rodeo champ).


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

35 posted on 07/04/2010 3:14:52 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: 1rudeboy
I have a straw hat that spooks horses. Haven’t tried to fighure out why.

To a horse, it looks like a horse's ears flattened out in an aggressive posture.

Really.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

36 posted on 07/04/2010 3:17:25 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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"President Obama is said to be considering the immediate emergency appointment of former Senator/NJ Governor/Goldman Sachs Executive John Corzine as “Parade Czar” to investigate the tragic human cost of continuing to observe the out-dated, imperialistic rituals of misguided tribute to America's oppressive, slave-owning founders in this post-modern era of enlightened community interest. Janine Garafolo has been tapped to serve as Mr. Corzine's Deputy" - 5.. 4... 3.... 2........
37 posted on 07/04/2010 3:21:47 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
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To: Fantasywriter

Looks like that’s the story and they are sticking to it.

Shame really if it is true. I hope the owners have insurance. I would assume they do, but it is going to hurt.

All those poor folks injured, in ER surgery, etc.

Prayers up for all involved.


38 posted on 07/04/2010 3:30:03 PM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: Steelfish

Lawyers lining up to collect.


39 posted on 07/04/2010 3:38:24 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: EBH

I wish we knew what breed the horses were. Some breeds spook more easily than others. The one I had that was the worst was half Arabian half Appaloosa. Someone else might have the same mix, and have a very calm horse. Mine was a firecracker on a short fuse. She broke me in more places than I care to remember. Anyway, like you I hope the insurance is gold-plated. This is a very tragic situation, and I pray the injured heal quickly and fully.


40 posted on 07/04/2010 3:38:52 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: EBH

I thought those big firecrackers were outlawed...


41 posted on 07/04/2010 3:39:11 PM PDT by Doogle (IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN....PLEASE donate, because it's the RIGHT thing to do)
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To: dljordan
My dad got banged up pretty good riding one time. I was just a kid, but I sort of figured the horsie thing out during his recuperation.

Only horses I pay any attention to anymore are all under my hood.

42 posted on 07/04/2010 3:40:54 PM PDT by skimbell
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To: Steelfish

The horses were probably scared by the sight of gay married couples.


43 posted on 07/04/2010 3:59:10 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: EBH

That’s for sure. And things never change...ever see “The Devil and Daniel Webster”? Webster is riding with his 10 year old Godson named Daniel in an open carriage and young Daniel lets the team have it on the rump with his slingshot. Twice. The horses are named “Constitution” and “Bill of Rights.” After one warning, Mr. Webster lets the kid have it over HIS rump.


44 posted on 07/04/2010 4:11:22 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: blam; Richard Kimball

“Pants were not invented until the horse was domesticated. They (pants) were necessary to straddle the horses back.”

I thought it was so you had something to poop into when your horse tenses up and you know he/she is about to explode.

It has taken me 1.5 years to MOSTLY recover from an Arabian mare spooking over a two-stroke engine. I’ve also gone sideways down streets because of wind chimes and a bicyclist clad in purple...the latter kind of scared me too! I still haven’t figured out how an animal can have 1000 pounds of solid muscle and still be terrified of a piece of paper.

It took me about a year around horses to realize that you either accept the risk of injury, or get rid of them. Prayers for the spectators, almost none of whom realize that horse & danger go together. Always.


45 posted on 07/04/2010 4:25:00 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (When the ass brays, don't reply...)
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To: blam
Pants were not invented until the horse was domesticated. They (pants) were necessary to straddle the horses back.

That is BS, but funny!

46 posted on 07/04/2010 4:26:34 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Fantasywriter

One FReeper says, it could have been the sight of gayly dressed gays.


47 posted on 07/04/2010 4:37:50 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: The Comedian

That makes sense. (In which case, the horses must think I’m a charging elephant).


48 posted on 07/04/2010 5:06:38 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: org.whodat
"That is BS, but funny!"

You don't know what you're talking about..you dummy.

Go read this book and learn a few things before you embarass yourself again.

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49 posted on 07/04/2010 5:25:58 PM PDT by blam
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To: Mr Rogers

For my Arabian/Appaloosa it was rock mailboxes and pieces of carpet. Couldn’t figure the carpet thing but those mailboxes are spooky. My Arabian/Morgan would bolt at anything. I was riding him one day on our farm and we rode into one of our hay fields the farthest from the house, and ran right smack into a black bear. He stood straight up on his back feet and in the same movement turned completely around and took off. We made it back to the house in record time. :-)


50 posted on 07/04/2010 5:33:59 PM PDT by Melinda in TN
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