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Martin Community College horse hit by car; full recovery expected

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We're getting answers after viewers called 9 On Your Side about the Martin Community College Equine Program.

A car recently hit a horse from there and it could be part of a growing problem.

From the outside it's easy to see the equine program is a major part of Martin Community College and last Saturday night five colts wanted a view from the outside as well.

"They broke through the fence and got out one of them was hit a vehicle," said Dr. Ann Britt, President of Martin Community College.

The equine program director, animal control and students were able to round up the horses. A veterinarian was called out to see the injured horse Saturday night and again Monday.

It's expected to make a full recovery.

"It's unfortunate but with horses that will happen sometimes no matter what you do," said Britt, "which you don't want it to happen but you don't have control over animals sometimes and no one was there when they got out."

Britt says it's possible the horses were spooked and that's what caused them to break through the wooden fence. A fence, she says, they check often.

"The students, part of their daily routine training program is they always check fences," said Britt.

Viewers who contacted 9 On Your Side say the program has been having trouble as of late. Animal control officials we talked with say they have been called out to the college multiple times but have yet to see the need to issue a citation.

Britt says they're sorry it happened and despite rumors, the colt suffered no broken bones or major injuries.

They hope to have the fence fully repaired by next week.

Officials say they have enough fenced-in areas to rotate the horses through until the repairs are complete.


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