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upturnedcarriageTwo horses wreaked havoc through the seaside town of Shanklin yesterday (Saturday) when they bolted from the carriage they were pulling after running uncontrollably from the packed Shanklin Esplanade.

Police were alerted to the incident just after 12:15 yesterday lunchtime after receiving reports of two animals running through the town, which resulted in damage to property including a car and a garden wall, as photographed by Chris Brown.

upturnedcarriage2Island Echo understands that the carriage was unoccupied when the horses became spooked, braking free from the traditional carriage leaving it upturned outside The Chestnuts Hotel. It is understood a mechanical failure resulted in the rider getting off the carriage to inspect the damage when the incident occurred.

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Now free from the carriage they were attached to, the duo ran towards the busy High Street across several junctions and through traffic lights. One of the animals was rapidly caught, however the second continued to charge towards oncoming vehicles and pedestrians and was eventually stopped in Blythe Way near to The Co-Operative supermarket.

upturnedcarriage3A Ford Focus S-MAX was heavily damaged in the incident, and the garden wall of The Chestnuts Hotel was knocked down by the heavy and powerful horse.

This latest incident involving out of control horses comes just over three weeks after up to 10 horses ran through Ryde, injuring a young girl.

Thankfully, no persons were injured in the incident, however a vet was called to assess the horses involved who received a lesion to its leg. Both were returned to their stables.

Photos: Chris Brown

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