1 horse dead, another injured after falling through bottom of trailer in St. Lucie CountyWill Greenlee, firstname.lastname@example.org Published 12:01 p.m. ET April 5, 2018 | Updated 6:21 p.m. ET April 5, 2018
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Maintence of trailer?
Who produced the trailer?
It's looks like a homemade trailer!
Who built it?
Why did the floor break?
If a jet engine plane floor broke apart because of stamping feet would that be a problem?
In 1971 J. Standard Baker Quoted " Drivers Towing Trailers Are Four (4) Times As Unsafe As Those In Cars Alone!
FORT PIERCE — One horse died and another was injured after one kicked through the floor boards of the truck trailer they were in and was dragged on a roadway, according to the St. Lucie County Fire District.
Crews were called after 10 a.m. to the incident at Jacaranda and South Ocean drives, county Fire District officials said.
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Ten horses were in the trailer.
The horses were those of Tours on Horseback, a family-owned and operated business that provides guided horseback tours in St. Lucie County at Frederick Douglass Memorial Park, said Tammy Hayes Beville.
Beville said her father, Alan Hayes, owns the business.
“We, this morning, were on our way over to the beach and we had an accident where somehow one of the horses kicked the flooring … boards … kicked them loose and resulted in his back end falling through the trailer once the flooring was gone,” Beville said.
Brenda Stokes, Fire District spokeswoman, said a horse fell through the trailer flooring and was dragged. A second horse was injured.
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Stokes said no people were injured and no other vehicles were involved.
Beville said the business has been around for more than 20 years, and it never has experienced such an incident.
She said Thursday afternoon the injured horse has a bandage on its leg.
“We’re extremely saddened by losing one” of the horses, Beville said. “We’re very blessed that everybody is OK as far as our staff goes. It was pretty traumatic. We’ve never experienced or even seen anything like that.”
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According to Fort Pierce police, the horse was dragged about a quarter-mile before the driver realized it.
Police do not expect charges to be filed, said spokeswoman Audria Moore-Wells. She said the incident appears to be an accident.
Erick Gill, St. Lucie County spokesman, said the county hasn’t gotten complaints about Tours on Horseback or about mistreatment of animals.
“They’ve been very good partners with the county,” he said.
Gill said Tours on Horseback has had a contract for at least 20 years with St. Lucie County to operate the guided tours on the beach. He said individuals can get a permit to ride a horse on the beach, also.