December 8 2013 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Thursday, September 19, 2013
A horse who blocked the train track near Harold Wood station this morning broke out of its field because it was “scared of a donkey” according to its relieved owner.
The confused animal made its way on to the train line from a paddock in Church Road, Brentvvood, and trotted towards Harold Wood.
Bemused commuters at the station, in Gubbins Lane, raised the alarm shortly before 10am.
Owner Rosa Edwards, of Harold Hill, has had the horse for eight years and enters show jumping competitions with him.
She said: “It’s funny now but this morning it wasn’t.
“He’s only been in that field for two days so it’s a new home and there’s a donkey there.
“He’s really scared of it so I think he thought ‘I don’t like this – I’m off’.”
An adventure on the busy tracks between Liverpool Street and Shenfield could have had a nasty ending for the Connemara Cross thoroughbred but he was saved by a quick-thinking railway worker.
Rosa said he followed her horse, called Harley, on to the line and tied string around his neck to led him to safety.
She added: “I’ve had him for eight years now so he’s like my child.
“He’s 18 years old but he still thinks he’s young.”
Rosa believes Harley could have bolted and vaulted the field fence – no problem for a show jumper.
A spokesman for Network Rail said they were investigating the unusual incident.
She added: “Services were stopped while the horse was lead to safety into Harold Wood station car park where the RSPCA were contacted.
“Services resumed at 10:24am.”
Trains were delayed by up to half an hour but services have now returned to normal.
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