Wild stallion injures man in escape bid

October 26, 2009

A wayward stallion trying to escape from a pen sent auction-goers scrambling for safety as 78 wild horses taken in a muster from Theodore Roosevelt National Park went under the hammer.

The young stallion named Bashful tried to jump a 1.8m enclosure. He nearly made it, but his back legs became caught in thick wires in the pen.

The two-year-old's front legs struck and injured an elderly man watching the auction, who was taken to hospital. The Bismarck Tribune named the victim as William Friedt.

Bashful ultimately sold for $35 and was off to a new home.

The sale was marked by strong prices for the horses taken from the North Dakota park.

The top price at the sale in Dickinson was $US1425 was for a three-month-old foal.