OLD TOWN — Two draft horses that were heading to a pulling contest at the Northern Maine Fair are OK after falling from a moving trailer on Interstate 95 in Old Town.

It’s unclear how the horses came out of the trailer at around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. They were being hauled by a family from Palermo, near Waterville, to the fair in Presque Isle.

Greg Smith of Linneus told the Bangor Daily News that he came upon the horses as one was rolling around in the grassy median ditch; the other horse was standing near the highway.

Smith said he had been traveling behind the trailer, but he didn’t see the gate open or the horses fall out. He then helped to catch the horses.

Maine State Police Trooper Josh D’Angelo said the horses had cuts and what he called “road rash,” but their injuries were not life-threatening.

The owners, whose names were not released, didn’t know the horses had fallen out, D’Angelo said. Police stopped them further up the highway. They turned around and took the horses home to recover.