Caught on camera: Escaped horse gallops down Wells Street

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A spotted draft horse broke free from his handler on Wells Street and galloped nearly half a mile before he was corralled by a passerby in Old Town, according to witnesses and the horse’s owner.

WGN Viewer Jeffrey Edward Mandalis took the above video at about 9:15 a.m. Thursday .

“I literally thought I was dreaming at first,” he said.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the horse got to North Avenue, made a left and finally stopped around Orleans Street. where a man was holding onto him when police and animal control workers caught up.

The horse is owned by Debbie Hay, who runs Antique Coach and Carriage.  She named him Forrest Gump because he loves to run.

Forrest Gump had been pulling carriages for Christmas rides in Geneva and had been taken to Noble Horse Theater at 1410 N. Wells St. before being shipped to a farm in Forest Glen for some rest, Hay said.

“He was coming out of the barn and into the trailer to go to the farm when the halter broke,” Hay tod the Chicago Tribune. “He decided he was going to bust out, I don’t know.”

“He made it as far as some ‘L’ tracks,” she said.  “All I know it has a happy ending.”

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

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