Escaped Equines Have a Snow Day on Staten Island


Some of us use a snowstorm as an excuse to stay indoors. Two Miniature Horses on Staten Island used this week’s nor’easter as an excuse to have a fun day out, exploring the snow- and ice-covered neighborhood.

The Mini horses were spotted wandering the streets by resident Robert Stasio, according to a Gothamist article. After seeing the out-of-place equines through a window in his home, Stasio got in his truck and followed them through the neighborhood. Eventually, traffic made it impossible for him to keep chasing them in the truck, so he got out and tailed them on foot.

Ultimately, Stasio caught up to the ponies, and with help from the local police, their fun snow day out was brought to an end.

The horses have returned to their home, reportedly a stable on Wakefield Road on Staten Island, and they’re now safe and sound and no worse for wear after their winter adventure.

For those who are wondering, yes, horses are allowed on urban Staten Island. The borough is home to several commercial boarding and lesson stables, giving city-dwellers some exposure to a small part of the rural world.

Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Leslie Potter is a graduate of William Woods University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science with a concentration in saddle seat riding and a minor in Journalism/Mass Communications. She is currently a writer and photographer in Lexington, Ky.Potter worked as a barn manager and riding instructor and was a freelance reporter and photographer for the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar and Saddle Horse Report before moving to Lexington to join Horse Illustrated as Web Editor from 2008 to 2019. Her current equestrian pursuits include being a grown-up lesson kid at an eventing barn and trail riding with her senior Morgan gelding, Snoopy.


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