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Jul 15, 2009 1:41 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Horses run wild down Majors Path

Jul 15, 2009 1:41 PM

A potential disaster was averted Monday morning after four horses broke loose from Long Springs Farm in North Sea and galloped down Mecox Road to Majors Path, prompting motorists to pull off the road and get out of their cars to stop traffic in an attempt to avoid a deadly collision.

It was unclear how or when the horses broke free, but they were secured by 11:30 a.m.

After about an hour of trying, passersby and trainers from some nearby farms corralled them on the lawn of the Southampton Racquet 
Club, just off Majors Path. But before they could get halters on them, the horses bolted back onto Majors Path.

By that time, Southampton Town Police Officer Ed Henderson, the first responder to arrive on the scene, had stopped traffic, allowing the horses to circle back into the safety of the racquet club where they were finally secured.

Daye Simpson, a local resident familiar with horses who ran to the rescue, was kicked in the thigh while trying to halter one of the horses and was knocked into the bushes. Southampton Volunteer Ambulance responded to the scene to treat Ms. Simpson, but no further information on her condition was available.

After the halters were fastened and the horses calmed, they were walked about a half mile down Majors Path to the Rosewood Farm where they were kept in stables until they could be safely returned to Long Springs.

Frank Larkin, who lives off Noyac Path, was at the Rosewood Farm when motorists pulled in to notify him of the escaped horses, all of which were warmbloods, a breed that originated in Europe.

“We knew all our horses were secure,” Mr. Larkin said, adding that Ms. Simpson was fortunate that she wasn’t seriously hurt. “We’re lucky nobody was killed today.”

Brian Bossetta

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ride 'em cowboy.
too many cars, not enough horses.
who remembers when majors path was one lane?
By local (106), north sea on Jul 13, 09 9:14 PM
They need to keep that gate closed on North Sea Mecox... It's open
quite a bit... Love that Paint & Grey!
By ride the truth wave (125), southampton on Jul 13, 09 10:02 PM
If they'd keep the cars off the road, this wouldn't be a problem!
By Mashed Potatos (4), Belleair Bluffs on Jul 14, 09 8:42 AM