Was That a Horse in Downtown Easton?
It sure was. It seems like the quake wasn't the only odd thing happening today.
On a day marked by an earthquake rattling people in Easton, here's another odd thing that happened:
I stopped by the National Building this afternoon to visit my friend (and occasional Patch contributor) Joe Frinzi when I looked out the window and saw a guy on a horse.
Horses aren't an uncommon sight in downtown Easton, thanks to the guided horse-and-buggy tours. But that wasn't the case here; this was a guy on horseback, emerging from Bank Street and riding up Northampton Street.
I grabbed my camera and started taking photos, following the rider as he turned onto Fourth Street and guided the horse into a parking lot near Fourth and Church.
That’s where I got the story: the rider, Curtis Rogers, of Allentown, was passing through Easton – by car, pulling a trailer with two horses – when he got a flat.
He stopped to see his friend Rodney Van Ness of Rod’s Auto, and while the flat was being fixed, Rogers let the horses out to stretch their legs. For Dodger, a small pony, that meant being led around the parking lot.
In the case of Lucky, the larger horse, Rogers mounted him and took him for a quick walk around Downtown. People gathered in the parking lot when he returned, including a parking enforcement officer, who radioed into the police to see if it was legal to ride a horse in the streets of Easton.
While waiting for an answer, Rogers said the sight of him on horseback in cities often causes people to call police.
" 'There's a man riding a horse on the street.' Police don't believe them," he said.
Eventually, the police radioed back and gave Rogers the green light, provided he obeyed all traffic laws, and, um, cleaned up after the horse.