FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- Several fairgoers were recovering Sunday after they were slightly injured by a loose horse at the Minnesota State Fair the night before.
Three mounted security officials were taking their horses to a barn near the entrance to the fair's midway about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
Witnesses told fair officials that people in the crowd started punching the horses, which spooked one of the animals. It then bolted through the crowd.
Eleven people were injured -- seven of those were treated and released at the fair's first aid station. Four were taken to a local hospital, where they were also treated and released.
The horse apparently ran to another barn on the other side of the fairgrounds. That's where authorities found the animal, nervous but unhurt.
The 11-year-old horse has been used by fair security officials for eight years.
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