Loaded Carriage Horse Collapses

Big John laying on ground

Charleston, South Carolina – Big John, a draft horse, was pulling his first wagon full of 12 tourists for the day through the busy streets of Charleston when he fell rounding a corner at 3:45 pm.

Big John laid on the ground, while tourists took pictures and video, and his driver began unhooking his harness.  He laid on the ground until the harness was removed, then firefighters used straps to help Big John to his feet.  He was walked back to the stables by the carriage company employees, where he will stay until he is cleared for work by a veterinarian and the city’s equine manager.

Big John suffered scratches and minor injuries to his legs.  The incident did not appear to be heat related.


(video courtesy of Charleston Carriage Horse Advocates)

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