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Escaped horse is back home after Norwich City adventure

PUBLISHED: 07:01 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:06 24 January 2013

Owner Penelope Wood reunited with Boo at Thorpe Island from where the eighteen year old gelding made an audacious escape. Photo: Steve Adams

Owner Penelope Wood reunited with Boo at Thorpe Island from where the eighteen year old gelding made an audacious escape. Photo: Steve Adams

How does a horse locked in a paddock on an island escape and end up roaming the centre of Norwich?

Only Boo, an 18-year-old Welsh Section C, knows the answer to that question – and he’s not saying anything.

He gave his owner Penelope Wood a scare when he was seen running on main roads near Carrow Road on Tuesday afternoon.

Yesterday, he was safely back at home in his paddock on Thorpe Island, wrapped snugly in a Canaries scarf and tucking into a special delivery of his favourite apples and carrots courtesy of the Norwich Evening News.

And it seems his brief taste of freedom has given him a taste for adventure, according to his owner.

“He’s an angel in every way usually, and so well behaved, but he’s been a bit excited in the last day or two since he made his escape,” said Miss Wood, a 19-year-old student at City College Norwich.

“Now he has worked out he can get over the bridge he seems determined to get out again.”

Boo has been living on a paddock on Thorpe Island since being bought by Miss Wood around 10 days ago, and crossed a bridge, slipped out through an unlocked gate and cantered more than a mile to Carrow Road.

He was spotted close to the stadium at around 2.30pm on Tuesday, before a horse-loving passer-by managed to tether him using a Norwich City scarf, and club officials opened a five-a-side pitch as a makeshift stable until Miss Wood could be contacted.

She was phoned by her father, who said a horse had been seen in the city centre and told her to check on Boo.

“I was crying just thinking what could have happened to him.

“If he had been hit by a car I would never have forgiven myself.

“I had only had him for a week, though I’d been riding him for a while before that. I had been looking for a horse for about two years, and when I met Boo I just thought he the perfect horse.”

Miss Wood, who also lives on Thorpe Island, said she was still unsure how Boo had managed to escape his island home, but was taking precautions to prevent a repeat.

“I think someone must have left the gate open and Boo got up the courage to go over on the bridge on his own. Usually he won’t walk over without being led,” she said.

“I’m hoping to put up an electric fence to make things more secure, because I don’t want him getting out again.”

To see a video of Boo safely back at home enjoying some tasty treats from the Norwich Evening News, go to

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