Ponies on the loose in town centre!

A total of 23 horses spotted roaming unattended in Yeomanry Court, Market Harborough, at 10am on Saturday. Picture by resident John Taylor.
A total of 23 horses spotted roaming unattended in Yeomanry Court, Market Harborough, at 10am on Saturday. Picture by resident John Taylor.

Motorists and passersby were left open-mouthed in Market Harborough on Saturday morning by the sight of nearly 20 ponies trotting through the town.

The scene was commented on by several people on social media.

Ponies on the loose in Harborough's Coventry Road on Saturday morning. Picture sent to us by Christine Etherington.

Ponies on the loose in Harborough's Coventry Road on Saturday morning. Picture sent to us by Christine Etherington.

It is thought the black and white Shetland-style working ponies hailed from the fields around the Greenacres Travellers’ site off the A6 on the outskirts of town.

Mail reporter Alex Dawson witnesses some of the bizarre spectacle.

He said: “There were about 19 horses. They were all rounded-up in the Cottage Hospital car park in Coventry Road, I actually saw this, before being trotted back to their field in Lubenham.

“I walked along to Lubenham with the travellers, who said the horses had been let out deliberately by someone.”

Ponies on the loose in Harborough's Coventry Road on Saturday morning.

Ponies on the loose in Harborough's Coventry Road on Saturday morning.

Chris Etherington, who sent us a picture of the ponies in Coventry Road, said: “A whole herd of travellers’ horses parading up Coventry Road at 9.45am on Saturday without anybody with them.

“Traffic came to halt, but they were quite well-behaved, staying on their own side of the road.”

Another reader, who sent a picture of the horses in Lubenham Hill, said: “Not a traffic calming measure to be recommended. The police awareness camera van is more effective.”

On Twitter, there were several comments:

The Mail’s long-time freelance snapper Andrew Carpenter said: “Herd of horses on the loose along Coventry Road, Harborough.”

Greg Cook said: “Horse and ponies casually trotting down Lubenham hill today.”

Libby Langley, whose Zest Communications office is based at the innovation centre, said: “Same thing happened yesterday outside @HarboroughIC but with fewer horses.”

Jonathan Calder, aka lordbonkers, quipped: “Perhaps they wanted to start a small business?”

And Richard Allsop, aka Solar Pilchard, added: “The Harborough horse run happens every year at this time. One of the biggest was in 2012.”

Story by Alex Blackwell.

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