Wild Ride: Horse Escapes Stable, Makes Way Across Philadelphia as Man Chases on Bike

Philadelphia Police returned a horse to its owner after the animal got loose Friday morning and made its way across much of the city as a man gave chase on a bicycle.

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Lonnie Sullivan got quite the surprise when he arrived at the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club on the 2600 block of Fletcher Street in Strawberry Mansion Friday morning as a horse named Big Momma rushed the door and made a dash for it, leading Sullivan on a pursuit across Philadelphia.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"She covered a real distance," horse owner Stephon Tolbert said. Big Momma's trek through the city ended near the SugarHouse Casino along Delaware Avenue. Police finally corralled the horse more than 3-1/2 miles away from the urban stable near Richmond Street and Girard Avenue in Port Richmond.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"I was asleep and I woke up to people telling me there was a loose horse," Tolbert. "I am very thankful to the police."
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Tolbert was also thankful for fellow horse owner Sullivan, who had given chase after Big Momma, aka Proud Queen, escaped. "I jumped on the bike tried to get her... I'm tired," Sullivan said.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"She covered a real distance," said Tolbert, who has owned the horse for around six years.
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Everyone involved said it was a "blessing" the horse wasn't hurt.
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Tolbert said he gives kids rides on Big Momma and that she is usually calm, but not Friday morning. "She is feeling a little good this morning,"
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Horse ownership in Philadelphia dates back generations. The Pennsylvania SPCA was actually founded in 1867 to care for horses.
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The Fletcher Street Riders date back more than a century and features more than 50 stables around Philadelphia, the group says.
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