Overturned carriage on Hope Road, Shanklin. Picture by Chris Brown.
UPDATED MONDAY 16:33*
TWO horses broke free from their carriage and charged through Shanklin town centre today (Saturday).
Isle of Wight police officers helped round up the animals, one of which suffered a lacerated leg in the incident, after they went on the run at around 12.15pm.
They broke free from their carriage at Hope Road, leaving the vehicle overturned outside The Chestnuts hotel.
One horse was caught quickly, but the other charged through the town, damaging at least one car, before it was rounded up at the junction of Carter Avenue and Blythe Way, according to a police spokesman.
They were taken back to their stable and a vet was called to treat the injured animal, he said.
Christine Fordham, owner of The Chestnuts, said: "The horses and carriage came hurtling up from the beach and into the car park. There was no-one in it. I don't know if they had been spooked, but they were in a state.
"They caused a bit of damage to the wall and decking, then they broke free and ran off."
No-one was injured in the incident.
*It was originally reported the animals had run towards Shanklin Old Village. This was due to information supplied by police.
The owner of the horses said today (Monday) however, that one was caught on Hope Road and the other ran along Atherley Road, towards the railway station.
It was caught at the junction of Carter Avenue and Blythe Way.
Both horses were said to be fine, following the incident.
See the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, March 21, for more on this story.