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Carriage horse breaks loose in Central Park, nearly runs down pedestrians

Posted at 6:34 PM, Jun 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-09 20:10:56-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — A carriage horse reportedly broke loose in Central Park Monday, charging at people and getting into a collision with a taxi.

The horse broke free from its bridle at about 5:45 near 59th Street. Startled, the horse began running through Central Park, according to a Teamsters spokesperson.

According to police, the horse began running at people.

The horse also reportedly ran into the street, getting caught in an open taxi door.

Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker tweeted that the runaway horse nearly ran him over.

The horse was eventually re-bridled and taken back to its stable.

“Neither the horse or any people were injured in today’s incident. What you saw is the industry’s professionalism. We knew where the horse would go, corralled it, and brought it back to the stable,” said carriage driver and industry spokesperson Stephen Malone.

This latest incident comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio and animal-rights activist continue to fight to ban the practice of horse drawn carriages in New York City.

De Blasio has said he would want to replace horses with antique vehicles.