Tragedy horse sold as ‘100% safe’

Usario, right, at the launch of Duncan Drye's carriage rides in Bury St Edmunds
Usario, right, at the launch of Duncan Drye's carriage rides in Bury St Edmunds
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THE horse involved in a fatal carriage accident at Nowton Park has been offered for sale as ‘100 per cent safe’.

The French-bred Breton cross Comtois horse, known as Lucas when with the Horse and Carriage Company in Bury St Edmunds, was offered by an Essex dealer as Urasio, the name on his EU horse passport.

Reflex Equestrian, of Maldon, Essex, advertised him on its website, at £2,000, as a ‘ride and drive’ horse, stating: “Drives single or pair. Very calm and easy going. Rides really well, 100 per cent safe in all ways.”

The advert also appeared on other horse sale websites, but was withdrawn from most after objections from people involved in the horse world.

Grandmother Carole Bullett, of Bury, died after the horse bolted and crashed into crowds at a country fair in June.

Among those who objected was Bury carriage driver Liz Webster who told the Bury Free Press: “If any of our horses had ever had a fright like this, we would certainly not put them back into a carriage again without many, many months of retraining, and probably not at all, in the interests of everybody’s safety.

“I didn’t know the lady, but would hate to hear of another tragedy, if this horse was sold as being so quiet and safe, without his past being revealed.”

Urasio’s owner in June was Duncan Drye who said: “I no longer own the horse. I can’t comment further.”

The incident is still under Health and Safety Executive investigation and an inquest into Mrs Bullett’s death is yet to be held.

Reflex Equestrian’s website says it acts as agents for horse owners when selling. On Monday, the site said Urasio had been sold.

The owner of Reflex Equestrian told the Bury Free Press that she was not prepared to say where the horse had gone or discuss the matter.