A bystander in the sleepy Worcestershire street saw the horses scramble around nearby houses and cars after fleeing a nearby field
Image: Colin Dennis)
Residents were woken up stunned by a team of “scary” horses roaming a housing estate.
A quiet Sunday morning in Redditch, north-east Worcestershire, soon turned into something out of the Wild West when six horses escaped from a nearby field.
They were seen roaming freely through the village of Astwood Bank while moving freely between houses and cars.
In video of the incident, a bystander in the sleepy housing development can be heard looking out her window at the scene and describing it as “creepy”.
Meanwhile, concerned owner Bethany Stanford posted a Facebook appeal in the early hours of Sunday, saying her horses were missing at Redditch.
The local community teamed up to locate the confused horses and managed to lure them back to safety – by dangling carrots in front of them.
West Mercia Police officers even showed up to help rescue the horses that escaped from a nearby field. Birmingham live reports.
Astwood Bank resident Colin Dennis said: “We heard the clipping of hooves outside and I thought it was early for riding. I was surprised not to see any riders [with them] as we looked out the window.
“A couple of police cars helped. I heard a bag of carrots was used! It was great that Facebook was used to get everyone involved. I think we all enjoyed it very much. They all looked very calm and happy, if not a little confused.”
After reuniting with her horses, owner Bethany wrote: “Thank you to everyone who helped capture our horses earlier! Especially Nadyne, who came from the area with halters and brought them home! We apologize for any inconvenience. If there is any damage to anyone’s gardens etc please contact me.”
Other residents expressed their joy at the unusual event on social media, with Amanda Barnes writing: “Glad they are safe and sound at home. Not quite what I expected when I opened the curtains this morning!!”
Vicky Dennis added: “I’m glad they’re back safely. They were really beautiful.” Another wrote on Facebook: “What an amazing community and so glad they are safe! Have a safe trip to everyone who helped and many thanks to the police too!!!”
Gerald Mack reiterated, “I thought that was really good. Within minutes of the horses being posted here[Facebook], there were many people (apparently knowledgeable about horses) offering to help. That’s very good.”
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