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An abrupt end for hard-working horse

WATERTOWN — After a lifetime of pulling newlyweds and children in an ornate white carriage, Freddie posed for his last keepsake photo Sunday night. Minutes after he dropped off a couple of wedding reception guests at the St. James Armenian Apostolic Church, the towering gray Percheron put an unsteady hoof on the sidewalk and then collapsed in his traces as several partygoers standing outside the church hall looked on in horror.

Freddie, 30, died within minutes, still in his black harness, lying partly on the sidewalk. A grim Bruce Hallgren, the longtime driver of the horse, struggled to release the carriage’s shafts as he explained that Freddie had not wanted to stop in front of the church hall.

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