Police: Carriage horse suffers minor injuries after slipping while rounding corner

Updated: Apr. 19, 2017 at 5:20 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police say a carriage horse suffered minor scratches when it slipped while rounding a corner in downtown Charleston Wednesday afternoon.

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The horse, owned by Charleston Carriage Works, slipped and fell Wednesday afternoon while rounding the corner from Meeting Street onto Hassel Street, according to Charleston Police Det. Doug Galluccio.

City of Charleston Livability Director Dan Riccio said the horse, named Big John, suffered minor scratches to its left rear hock and right front elbow. Immediately after the fall, the horse sat up and was helped back to its feet, he said.

Riccio said the fall did not appear to be heat related.

Carriage company employees walked the horse back to the barn where it will be examined by an equine veterinarian, Galluccio said.

The horse will not return to service until it is cleared to do so by an equine veterinarian and the City's equine manager.

The incident is under investigation.

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