MIAMI (WSVN) - Four horses being ridden by police officers were shocked outside of Booker T. Washington High School in Miami.
According to Miami Police, eight mounted patrol officers were practicing formation near the school, just before noon Monday, when four of the animals were shocked after they stepped on live wires.
Officials said the formation rehearsal was in preparation for the Halloween festivities taking place in Wynwood on Wednesday.
The horses were taken back to their stables near Northwest Third Street and Third Court. Miami Police said one of the horses named Striker was shocked the worst. However, he wasn’t seriously hurt.
“The horse was quite astute. He knew what to do, and he recovered pretty well,” Miami Police spokesperson Kenia Fallat said. “He was saved by a concrete pole where he managed to fall onto and pick himself up. We’re giving him fluids, and it appears he’s gonna be back on the road and ready possibly for a Halloween event coming up on Wednesday.”
Authorities said all of the horses are expected to be OK, but they will still be evaluated by a veterinarian who gave them pain medications, fluids and TLC.
“He was a little bit agitated, obviously, from the trauma,” veterinarian Hilda Amoros said. “Typically, after these electrocutions, if they survive the episode, they typically do OK.”
The officers riding the horses were also taken to the hospital to be evaluated. They are also expected to be OK.
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