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post #1 of 39 Old 08-04-2012, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Huge scare, Arthur was almost killed

This was fair week, and I trailered Arthur back in yesterday for Championships. He did really well; we got Grand Champion in our equitation class and Reserve Champion in our pleasure class. We put him in the trailer with hay after he was cooled out and went to have a late dinner in our 4-H barn. Shut the gates securely and made sure the chest and butt bars were up.

We came back to the trailer to load up our things and go home, but found that several cars had blocked us in in front of and behind us. We went to the announcer's booth and had them describe the cars, asking that they be moved, and decided to wait it out watching the Versatility class when no one came forward to move the cars.

Half an hour or so into watching the class, the announcer came on and said there was a loose horse in the highway off the fair entrance. Never thinking it could be ours, we went to the parking lot to help catch the horse, as it was getting dark, and it's everyone's nightmare for their horse to be running along a busy highway at night.

I glanced at our trailer while we jogged down the drive and found it empty (stock trailer, couldn't see a horse through the slats). Panicking, we went to the trailer and found that Arthur was gone and the door was locked securely, butt bar up and all.

We immediately told the mounted patrol, who were everywhere looking for this horse, that it was ours and that someone had let him out. The fair was letting out, and there were hundreds of cars pushing past out the entrance. The sheriff found us and told us that people were calling in from their cars saying there was a loose horse running on the street and adjoining railroad tracks.

My mom and I caught a ride from the groundskeeper in their golf cart and rode down the driveway, asking people in cars if they had seen the loose horse. The mounted patrol horses were riding alongside the highway trying to find him. We kept calling out for him, panic-stricken that our one-eyed 25-yr old was going to be hit by a car that he couldn't see, and eventually we saw him bolt down the street and across the railroad tracks when he heard us call. He came right up to me, and I led him, covered in sweat, back to the parking lot.

From what we can gather, someone let him out, thinking it would be funny, and he ran towards the street. The police say he spooked at their strobe lights (directing traffic) and ran through the yards of the businesses and houses on the highway before coming back to the road and running down the middle, trying to find a place to cross over.

He was very hot and spooky, but thankfully had no heat or signs of injury to his legs. No scrapes, either. It was absolutely a miracle that he wasn't injured.

My half-blind 25-yr old winning Grand and Reserve Champion yesterday afternoon:

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post #2 of 39 Old 08-04-2012, 03:29 PM
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Thank God you got him. How could anyone do such an incredibly dumb thing? did you ask around if anyone saw anything? I suppose not, as you were dealing with the care of you beloved horse.
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OMG. Who in their right mind would let out someone elses horse? How disturbing! Im so glad hes okay.

And wow, he looks great for 25!
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We're working to have the fairgrounds section off the grass portion of the parking lot for horse trailers only. I think if we have only horse people in the trailer area, people would be less likely to mess with the horses. The sheriff thinks it was kids messing around, thinking it would be a funny prank.
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I'm so glad you got him back safe and sound!! I'd love to get my hands on whoever let him out.

And as others have said, he looks smashing for 25! And well done on the results!

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post #7 of 39 Old 08-04-2012, 03:39 PM
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OMG that would be so scary Im glad everything turned out alright! and you won!!!!!!!! << read about Sunny and I. Our journey
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wow you two look wonderful!

I'm going to make a really cheesy play on words here

so his name on his halter says Sir Arthur, why didn't he just call his knights? (you dont have to laugh i just couldnt resist)
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Were you guys @ the Medina Fair? My trainer was thinking aboout taking me out to that fair to show we werent sure if her horse could make the drive or not. I'm really glad you guys cought him that would have been really bad if not, We always have a couple of stupid kids come and spook our horses when were @ the canfield fair and its really stressful on loading night because they always screw with the horse trailers and weve had people that have there horses go loose because someone comes and loosens the stall doors.

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post #10 of 39 Old 08-04-2012, 03:52 PM
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that would make me so mad.. I would put a hidden camera next to my stall door and fricken sue people for animal endangerment if they let them loose or something..... ID FIND SOMETHING TO SUE THEM FOR!!!
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