Startled, the city council member lost control of the reins. Witnesses say he did try to grab the horse's mane, but was unable to secure a firm grip and he began to slip sideways off the saddle. Frantic, he threw his arms around the animal's neck; however, he continued to slide downward. All the while, the galloping Palomino was totally oblivious to its rider's predicament.
Believing it was just a matter of time before he would fall under the beast, the local official attempted to leap from the horse and throw himself to safety. Unfortunately, his feet were entangled in the stirrups and he could not leap off the horse.
Moments before sliding under the horse's feet, a colleague, a township officer from a nearby community, saw the situation unfolding and quickly came to his aid. After carefully assessing the situation she decided the best thing to do was to unplug the cord.
With the cord unplugged, the horse quickly came to a quiet rest. After she determined her colleague was unhurt and out of danger, the township official decided to continue with her errands and entered Wal-Mart to do her shopping.