Carriage Horse Drowns in Icy River

Carriage being pulled from water.
Carriage being pulled from water.

St Louis, Missouri – Cash, a 13-year-old Percheron gelding, died when he galloped wildly into the frigid Missouri river.  It all happened at about 10:00 pm when Cash’s handler was getting ready to load up for the night.  The handler took his blinders off to load him into a horse trailer.  Cash spooked and took off running, dragging the empty Cinderella carriage behind him.  The carriage hit and damaged several parked cars before horse and carriage ran down a boat ramp and into the water.  There were no people on the carriage.

“We are mourning the loss of a family member,” Greg Streeter, who owns St. Louis Carriage Company, said. “It happened really fast. Within 30 seconds he was under and down.”

When firefighters arrived, Cash had already died in the freezing river.  Cash was 40′ from the river edge, in 15′ of water.  The water was so cold ice was floating on the surface, which hindered recovery efforts.  It took nearly 3 hours to remove the carriage and Cash’s body from the river.

Streeter told reporters the accident hit the family owned company hard.  “He was a very good horse. It was so preventable.”  Handlers are trained to leave the blinders on until the horse is fully disconnected from the carriage.  Cash’s handler failed to follow company policy and Cash paid the ultimate price.

 

Cash, the 13-year-old Percheron that drowned.
Cash, the 13-year-old Percheron that drowned.
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