CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Old South Carriage Company say one of their carriage horses who became spooked and fell in downtown Charleston Friday morning is doing fine.
The carriage horse, named Blondie, fell at 10 a.m. on East Bay Street and North Anders Wharf after getting spooked by a cement truck, according to the Charleston Police Department.
"Blondie is happy, healthy and doing fine tonight after the accident!" read a statement on the Old South Carriage Company's Facebook page Friday night. " He will spend the night at the Edisto Equine Clinic where he will be watched all night and then return to a vacation at our 65 acre Sugah Cain Plantation on John's Island."
According to CPD officials, after the horse was spooked, it went in one direction while the carriage with 11 passengers went the other way.
Old South Carriage officials say Blondie was spooked due to a loud noise from a cement truck which caused the horse to become frightened and fall.
The horse attempted to rise several times during the incident.
Bystanders brought water to the horse while the veterinarian checked the horse's breathing, temperature and blood.
At one point, a crane with a harness arrived to help.
"He was in shock for a long time and didn't want to get up right away," read a statement by the carriage company."When he was ready, he got up and walked onto the trailer soundly. We are thrilled with our Old South Carriage team and would like to send a special thanks to Oak SteakHouse, Charleston Yacht Club, and the residents on scene that offered their help during the emergency."
Old South Carriage officials said that the incident was not a heat-related issue.
"We have an ongoing concern for the health and welfare of, not only this horse, but all of the horses that are pulling wagons downtown," said Joe Elmore, Charleston Animal Society's Chief Executive Officer.