Horse does a runner

One horse, town centre

Last updated 12:00 07/04/2014

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A riderless horse survived a frightened gallop among startled motorists and shoppers in Palmerston North's central city on Saturday afternoon before being caught, calmed, and taken to safety.

Among its rescuers were Dylan Hodgson and Hayley Lovell, who picked up the hoofprints at the corner of Lyndhurst St and Pioneer Highway.

The saddled horse made a run for it across the four traffic lanes and through the car park on the corner of West St, narrowly avoided by traffic, and alarming pedestrians.

"We were just really worried it would get bowled," Hodgson said.

Hodgson followed the horse along Ferguson St to Ngaio St, where a woman who had been shadowing it in her vehicle managed to tether and calm the animal.

Water and carrots appeared, and Hodgson walked around soothing the horse until a horse float arrived to take it to safe grazing pending identification of its owner.

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- Manawatu Standard

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