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Iowa carriage horror under investigation

By Bob Silbernagel

More information is coming to light now regarding the runaway team at the Fourth of July parade in Bellevue, Iowa.

For one thing, it appears the driver was an experienced teamster who'd had his team in parades many times before. He was dragged down the street, hanging onto the reins, even after the carriage overturned and the team broke free.

Also, the woman killed was the driver's wife, who had been riding in the carriage with him.

But I have found little  information about the horses -- what kind they are or what happened to them. Although one item said they appeared to be in good health after they were finally halted.

It's a little difficult to believe that an experienced team bolted because one horse rubbed his head on the other and rubbed his teammate's bridle off. I'm not alone. One article I read quoted a gentleman from Minneapolis who has been showing horses in parades for 28 years. He didn't believe the bridle being rubbed off was the primary cause of the wreck. But we all know stranger things have caused horses to bolt. One reason I've never participated in a parade with any of my horses.

The damaged carriage is moved out of the road in this photo from Mike Burley, of the Telegraph Herald, via the Associated Press.

To read more from the Associated Press, click HERE.


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