Search continues for bike rider who spooked horse in Montville - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Search continues for bike rider who spooked horse in Montville


Montville police are searching for the man responsible for scaring a horse, which caused it to throw its rider off the animal and sent him to the hospital.

For the second day in a row, a small group of volunteers searched a heavily wooded area Friday looking for a 2,400-pound missing horse.

"There's a pattern on the bottom of the foot called a frog and there's an arrow on the front of the hoof," said one searcher. "She's going this way."

Eyewitness News was on the scene when Joulette was found 45 minutes after the search started. After being found the horse was loaded in a trailer and taken home.

The horse is named Joulette and belongs to Steve Jones, who was seriously injured when he was thrown from the animal Wednesday. Joulette was frightened by a rider on a dirt bike.

"I asked him to turn off the engine," Jones said. "Instead of turning it off he revved it back up the horse got spooked and took off down the road."

Jones' helmet was knocked off during the fall and he had to be taken to the hospital.

According to Montville police, it is against the law for someone on a motor vehicle including a dirt bike to scare a horseback rider or the horse itself. The driver of the dirt bike is facing multiple charges.

"When it comes to injuries you're throwing in reckless endangerment or even assault third because it's being done recklessly," said police Lt. Leonard Bunnell.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call Montville police at 860-848-7510.

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