Horse Dead After Falling from Trailer on Oregon Freeway

According to (, a Morgan-Arabian cross died Friday morning after kicking the back door of a horse trailer open and falling out onto a freeway in Sunnybrook, Ore.
"911 calls about the injured horse in the northbound lanes of Interstate 205 near milepost 14 started coming in around 8:20 a.m., drawing response from Oregon State Police troopers, Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies, and Highway Department crews," said the article.
The driver transporting the horse had noticed the animals were acting up, so she was slowing to move to the freeway shoulder. A passing driver motioned for the driver of the rig to stop as the horse had fallen from the trailer. The horse hit a passenger car in its fall; no other vehicles struck the animal. The horse apparently was kicking at the locked door until it "bowed in to the point that it opened," the article continued.
Deputies and troopers found the critically injured horse in the center of the highway; they stopped traffic and euthanatized the horse down due to the severity of its condition. 
The horse was one of three animals on their way to a horse show in Washington State. The other two horses were sedated by a veterinarian and transported to a nearby location after the door was tied shut.

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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