A carriage horse tripped and fell on a Charleston street Wednesday afternoon.

The incident at Meeting and Hasell streets was reported around 3:45 p.m. The horse was attached to a carriage with about a dozen passengers and didn't try to get up until the harness was removed, according to Dan Riccio, the city's livability and tourism director.

The horse is named Big John and is owned by Charleston Carriage Works. Tourism enforcement officers were on scene almost immediately. 

The animal sat up after the harness was removed and was helped to its feet by firefighters using a strap. Carriage company employees then walked the horse back to the barn.

The only apparent injuries were some scrapes to his legs, Riccio said. Big John won't go back into service until a vet files a report with the city.

It was the animal's first tour of the day and the incident did not appear to be heat related, Riccio said.

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"He simply tripped over his own feet, fell down, and wisely waited for us to get there and unharness him before getting back up, which he did immediately afterwards," Charleston Carriage Works owner Broderick Christoff said in an email. "He simply tripped, which happens from time to time to all of us."

The passengers were high school students and helped push the carriage back to the barn, he said.

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