Seeing a horse pulling an Amish buggy is a common site in Apple Creek, OH, but finding a buggy without a driver was a first for local police officials. The unusual traffic stop was made on State Route 250 on Sunday morning when the buggy was spotted making brisk progress down the road. It wasn’t immediately obvious that the horse was unaccompanied, but a quick glance into the buggy proved something wasn’t right.
Sgt. Smith of the Wooster Police Department took action and ran alongside the moving buggy until he could jump inside. He grabbed the reigns and managed to bring the wayward horse to a stop. The standardbred was excited after its brief exploit, but exhaustion from the trip soon won over. Bred and trained to remain calm in difficult situations, the Amish horse didn’t seem concerned with the commotion caused by its great escape.
Officers managed to learn who the owners were and determined the horse simply got bored waiting around and hadn’t been properly secured. Whether disappointed that the fun was over or grateful for the help, the horse responded by promptly taking a nap on the side of the road. The owners eventually came to take their independent animal home, and besides being tired, the horse seemed to be in good health.
Quick thinking by Sgt. Smith and the rest of the Wooster Police Department prevented this runaway buggy from getting into trouble. No one was hurt, and the horse was saved from further exhaustion. It’s a reminder to horse owners that whether your horse has a job to do or is relaxing at home, never underestimate their sense of adventure and independence.
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