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On Saturday, five people in a horse-drawn carriage in St. Augustine were forced to jump to safety after the horse bolted and pulled the carriage for several blocks. Two of the passengers were injured, one seriously enough to require a trip to the hospital.

Thankfully, the horse was not injured. Horses in previous accidents in St. Augustine were not as fortunate. Horses in the city have been injured after being hit by drunk drivers, startled by large trucks or spooked for unknown reasons.

But it’s not just the risk of accidents that is a cause for concern. The heat and humidity of Florida’s summer months can be treacherous for horses forced to pull heavy carriages. ARFF will mark the first weekend of summer with a demonstration in St. Augustine on Sunday, June 24. Please join us as we speak out against the cruel carriage industry. Visit our Events Calendar for details.

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