By ED SOUTHORN
THREE horses running loose on the Pacific Highway at Chinderah yesterday were lucky to escape serious injury, as helpful motorists blocked traffic and herded the animals to safety. A scattered crowd of residents, two police vehicles and the horses' owners - the Breckenridge family of Chinderah - searched for and chased after the horses for more than half an hour early yesterday afternoon. Shocked motorists were lucky to avoid hitting the horses as they raced south down the highway towards the Chinderah roundabout. The grey brood mare and two darkercoloured quarter-horse geldings escaped from a paddock in Phillip Street, Chinderah, ran along Wommin Bay Road and then found themselves on the highway. Drivers were forced to slow down to avoid the horses, until some motorists used their vehicles to temporarily block traffic from the Chinderah on-ramp. The sweating, frightened horses were then shepherded off the highway and re- united with the Breckenridge family in Rutile Street. Leanne Breckenridge said a neighbour telephoned the Kingscliff veterinarian clinic where she works to tell her the horses were on the highway. Mrs Breckenridge and her neighbour said the horses had probably knocked down a fence after being startled by two dogs owned by a family visiting for the school holidays. Mrs Breckenridge thanked everyone involved in the search, especially motorists who helped get the horses off the highway.