CLEVELAND -- There was a lot of concern after a horse pulling a carriage slipped and fell on the metal plates on Lakeside Avenue at East 13th Street just before 7 p.m. Friday.
"Danny Boy" had trouble getting up because his hooves couldn't get traction on the metal plates left on the road to cover construction.
After 45 minutes, "and with some comfort from his buddy/stablemate Big Mario," said owner and driver Pete Leneghan, Danny Boy stood up on his own and joined Big Mario for the walk back to the stable.
Witnesses said Danny Boy fell after being startled by a loud car driving past.
We visited Danny Boy today at the Shamrock Carriages stable at East 19th Street and St. Clair Avenue and Danny is fine, according to Leneghan.
Leneghan said he had Danny checked out by their veterinarian, the same vet used by the Cleveland Police Mounted Unit, and the vet said Danny was uninjured and Leneghan said the vet "gave him a clean bill of health."
"We were just taking them for a little run that night," said Leneghan, who has run Shamrock Carriages for a year now. Leneghan said he was driving the carriage with Big Mario and Jimmy Coppola was driving Danny Boy.