MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Those wondering if the 30 horses that escaped from the Watchung Stables were "released" by vandals, need not to worry. Instead, it seems the horses were in their outdoor paddocks when they "were spooked by coyotes."

Apparently, one of the horses "knocked down a rail on the split rail fence and went through the fence," according to a Union County spokesperson. The escape took place around 8:40 p.m., and the horses were rounded up in 20 to 30 minutes. Except for one animal that had a minor injury to its hoof, all of them returned safely.

The entire staff of the stables, as well as police officers from Mountainside, Springfield, Berkeley Heights, and the Union County police and other county employees, helped recover the horses.

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Despite last night's "escape," there are no plans to change any of the procedures, according to officials.

The Watchung Stables are located within the Watchung Reservation and have been owned and operated by Union County since 1933.