MECHANIC FALLS, Maine — When Elva Harrison got a call from her husband, Lt. Paul Harrison of the Mechanic Falls Police Department, on Thursday afternoon, she had no idea she soon would be embarking on a mile and a quarter walk down Elm Street with three horses in tow.
The Poland resident hopped in her truck and soon found the horses detained by a passing motorist at the corner of Poland Corner Road and Elm Street, a mile from their corral.
Harrison said she had a good idea where the horses came from because one of her own horses is an offspring of one of the wayward harness-racing horses. Harrison’s horse was one of three that stayed within a few hundred yards of the stable. Those three, of the six that escaped, were collared by police when they arrived on the scene.
“It appears that one of them somehow got the gate open and off they went,” said Donna Wing, another horse owner and a resident of Mechanic Falls who heard of the break and came to assist.
“When you have over 11,000 pounds of horses leaning on something, something is going to give,” Wing said. “You got to just love ‘em.”
None of the horses was hurt. Cars steered clear as the horses galloped down the road. All were returned to the Puf and Pas Stable on Elm Street in Mechanic Falls within an hour of the first call. Owner Kenny Sumner was away at the time, but was in constant communication with Wing on her cell phone.