Horse Leads Police On Wild Chase Through Harlem During African American Day Parade

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD tested its horse wrangling skills during an incident in Harlem over the weekend.

The West Side turned into the Wild West after a rodeo horse named “Steel” broke loose Sunday during the African American Day Parade leading wranglers and police on a chase through the streets.

The horse bolted down 114th Street toward Riverside Drive after taking a spill along the parade route when some protective bandaging became loose.

“They wear metal shoes, they slip, they fall, we’re very careful but you can’t always avoid accidents,” horse handler Michael Davis, a member of the Queens-based Federation of Black Cowboys, said.

Steel was eventually corralled in Morningside Park.

The horse suffered some scrapes from the fall but was otherwise unharmed.

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  • Anon

    CBS is the closest story to the truth that I’ve read… DNAINFO and the NY Post were nowhere close… I was there so I know the correct details. The horse and rider, LEAH, went down after the Parade was over due to a loose polo wrap. Steele bolted after being spooked and fellow riders Sade and MIke went off on their horses to catch Steele. The NYPD was fantastic at blocking traffic so they could try and catch Steele safely. KUDOS to the members in Blue. All parties are safe and ok aside from a few cuts and bruises. These horse go out in traffic all the time and are very easy to handle. Unfortunately accidents do happen and horses do get away from even the most experienced horseperson.

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