Runaway horse startles commuters on bridge in Vancouver

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2002

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- It was not something early morning commuters expected to see -- a horse running loose on one of the city's most heavily traveled bridges.

Police were told the light brown colt was headed north into the city over the Oak Street Bridge from Richmond, a suburb south of the bridge, about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

''Can you imagine driving across the (bridge) at 5:30 in the morning and you see a horse coming at you in the other lane?'' Detective Scott Driemel said.

Police used patrol cars to corral the horse on a street near the bridge and returned the unharmed animal to its owner.

''There were eight units around the horse in a circle, so it couldn't get out,'' Driemel said.

''They managed to calm the horse down, and slip a rope around its neck.''

Jenny McGruer, a trainer at Richmond Stables, said the horse probably was looking for a treat, then panicked after getting loose.

''The grass is always greener on the other side, so they like to go hunting for greener grass,'' said McGruer.

''Horses, if they get spooked, they just run.''

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