In Elm Grove, Wisconsin, a festive Memorial Day parade turned frightening in a hurry when two ponies pulling a wagon got away from their handler and charged through a crowd of people gathered on the sidewalk.
Three people were injured in the incident. A 9-year-old boy and a 58-year-old woman were treated for injuries in a local hospital. The third victim, a 77-year-old man refused treatment. None of the injuries were reported to be life-threatening.
It is suspected the ponies may have been scared by either fireworks, or tennis balls that were being thrown.
KARE 11 News reported that in most cases like this, the owners are not legally liable under Minnesota and Wisconsin laws, due to the understood risk involving livestock.
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) May 30, 2017
— ABC News (@ABC) May 30, 2017
Responses posted on Twitter:
@ABC When your tired of being saddled & want to be free~
— Pamela Baxter💃🏾 (@BaxterPamela) May 30, 2017
— Liz Dixon (@DeDreyasmommie) May 30, 2017
@ABC Ponies aren’t meant for parades.
— Douglas (@787FirstClass) May 30, 2017
— Running Experts (@Running_experts) May 29, 2017
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