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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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“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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