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Fast-thinking Oklahoma City coach bites horse



If you could pick a guy who'd be most likely to bite a horse, then why not Oklahoma City Blazers hockey coach Doug Sauter?


First, he's a hockey coach. Second, he's got a great mustache (goo goo ga joob!).


But, beyond all this, he bit the horse in the service of humanity.


According to stories in The Oklahoman, Sauter and others helped stop a potential stampede at the Oklahoma State Fair that resulted in the injury of a woman at a horse show.


The latest account states that the Centennial Expo's Draft Horse Show featured teams of eight horses drawing wagons. Suddenly, a Belgian horse broke free from its reins and spooked the other horses. The woman was trampled underneath a horse, according to the story. (She later was transported to the hospital in serious condition, the Oke reported.)


The whole incident startled a number of horses, which started to stampede.


The thing about horses is this: They weigh as much as a Harley, but they have a mind (more or less) of their own. If they get a serious notion, it can be difficult to dissuade them from it without ending up wearing hoofprints.


"It was a scary deal," Sauter said. "Everybody jumped in and helped out."


Thinking quickly, the doughty Sauter, who was there as part of The Express Clydesdales team, one of several at the show, chomped down on the ear of one of the spooked horses.


"That's how you stymie a horse," he said. "You bite it as hard as you can, and it won't move."


Who knew? Not us. But Sauter told the Oke the practice is common in certain races, like those at the Calgary Stampede, a wild horse race in Calgary, Canada.


Sauter said the drover of the runaway team did a good job in stopping the horses before even more serious injuries occurred.


"If he had not gotten them turned, who knows where they would have gone," Sauter said, in another story. "The driver stopped them from a basic runaway."

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