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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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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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To: Steelfish; All
"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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