For more than 20 minutes, Norman, a 1,700-pound horse, did not get up from the concrete ground.
He was unable to, after collapsing in the middle of New York City traffic at 2 a.m. this past Labor Day weekend.
According to a witness at the scene, the 14-year-old draft horse was pushed to the point of exhaustion. The witness, a man named Bogdan Paul Anghelut, told the New York Post that he saw the horse's driver screaming at Norman to make a green light. But due to fatigue, Norman was allegedly unable to follow through with the command. He fell and was seen to be breathing "slow and hard," according to Anghelut.
After Norman collapsed, workers from the stables came to assist the horse, bringing him water and putting something in his mouth, Anghelut told the New York Post. After those long 20 minutes, Norman was able to stand up once again, with a police officer at the scene reassuring Anghelut that the horse was fine.