Strange Horse Related Story… Really.

Talk about having a riding lesson disrupted.

It’s raining chicken!

By Carol Vaughn, The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times

10:27AM EST October 10. 2012 – ASSAWOMAN, Va. — A teen’s horseback riding lesson ended abruptly after a foot-long hunk of raw chicken that fell out of a cloudless sky hit her in the head.

Fortunately, what hit Cassie Bernard last week was the smallest of three or more poultry parts that rained down as owner Jennifer Cording was giving a lesson to a group of advanced students while several parents looked on.

“Three objects fell out of the sky in front of us, two larger and one quite small,” Cording said.

Bernard, who was not injured, was wearing a riding helmet when the chicken hit her. Protecting a rider from unidentified flying chicken parts is not the helmet’s normal function, but it did the trick.

Officials from a nearby Tyson Foods Inc. processing plant denied that the flying chicken parts originated there. No matter what brand of chicken fell, a scientist later said high-flying seagulls probably were involved.

A Virginia Department of Environmental Quality official said the agency will investigate.

Land Protection Manager Milton Johnston of the department’s Tidewater office said the parts more likely came from improperly composted dead chickens being spread on a nearby farm. Staffers at the regional office with more than a quarter century’s tenure said they have not encountered a similar complaint.

“We can’t have pieces of chicken falling out of the sky,” Johnston said.

Read more: It’s Raining Chicken Parts!

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