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Runaway horse-drawn carriage runs over owner after Christmas parade

December 5, 2011 |  4:50 pm

A frightened horse rolled over its owner with a carriage, striking light poles and parked cars before collapsing on a grass embankment, moments after participating in Hemet's Christmas parade Saturday, authorities said.

The owner was treated at a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the Hemet Police Department, the carriage had borne the grand marshal in Hemet's Centennial Christmas Parade. After the event, the owners were changing the bridle when the horse became spooked. The owners fought to control the horse, but it ran through downtown.

The horse hit two light poles and two parked cars before ending up in an area next to the city library, police said. The horse was not injured.

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