Inaugural Parade Horse Sustains Minor Injuries

The Southern Ohio Ladies Aside team is counting itself lucky after an accident involving one of their horses and a Secret Service truck at Tuesday's President's Inaugural Parade in Washington.

Mouse, an Appaloosa ridden by Deb Fuller, was just entering the parade route when an opening car door spooked him.

"He was anxious to be the last horse in line and so was a little worried already," said team spokesperson Maggie Herlensky. "Instead of spinning, he backed up. Unfortunately, there was a truck there! He ended up sitting on the hood and putting a huge dent in it."

The gelding slid his hind leg between the bumper and the vehicle and was trapped. Workmen had to take the truck apart to free him. Veterinarians arrived on the scene immediately and sedated the horse. Team member Kate Mitchell jumped off her horse to help hold Mouse down. (See an Associated Press photo.)

"Thankfully the vets were able to get Mouse in the horse ambulance and back to the equestrian center," Herlensky said. "He's fine, nothing broken. He just needs a few stitches."

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Sharon Biggs Waller

Sharon Biggs Waller is a freelance writer for equine ­science and human interest publications. Her work has appeared in several publications and on several websites, and she is a classical dressage instructor.

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