aldo.jpgAfter getting spooked and throwing its mounted officer yesterday, Aldo the police horse managed to make its way home to the station house at 6th Ave. and Ericcson Pl. Aldo freaked out at the sound of screeching brakes in Soho yesterday afternoon, causing him to throw his rider, who was taken to St. Vincent's with minor injuries. After getting the cop off his back, Aldo ran free through the streets before ambling about ten blocks home. NYPD spokewman Paul Browne says that Aldo "knows his turf."

The NYPD decided to double its number of horses on duty in 2006 because they work for even less than rookies and are about as effective as 10 individual officers while controlling crowds.

Photo of thrown officer by Rob Johnston