In yet another incident for animal rights groups and horse-drawn carriage advocates to argue about, a carriage horse named Pumpkin got free of his bridle last night around 5:45 p.m. as he stood at the hack line at 59th Street. The horse, still pulling his carriage, ran into Central Park, leaving his driver behind.
Image via NYCLASS The dented cab door.
The horse proceeded to run through his usual route along the park's paths. At one point, according to NBC, a bicyclist jumped into the driver's seat to try to stop him. Instead, Pumpkin sped up, eventually re-emerging onto 59th Street and then crashing his carriage into a cab door on Central Park South. A group of carriage drivers corralled the horse and took him back to his stables, where carriage driver and industry spokesperson Christina Hansen says he was examined and found to be unharmed. No one else was injured, except for the door of that cab.
Several people witnessed the incident, including, weirdly, Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker, who tweeted this: