PARIS, Ky. (WKYT) - It's something done with good intentions, but balloon releases may have unintended consequences.
The releases are usually held to remember someone who has died, but one found its way to a Bourbon County farm, and it caused a big problem for a horse who lives there.
In a Facebook post that has been shared more than 8,000 times, Carrie Brogden with Machmer Hall Farm shared a story about how one of her colts got hurt.
"A balloon had gotten somehow entwined in his mane, and he had spooked and freaked out with it in his mane of course because I'm sure it was flapping around and gone through a fence," Brogden said.
Brogden says her post isn't about trying to ban balloons, but rather to raise awareness to the impact these large releases can have.
"To me it was just, people that aren't around horses like 'hey you guys may want to think about this.'"
Little did she know that her post would also create a discussion between thousands of people on how to change that impact.
"People are trying to say 'well, what can we do instead' and if we could come up with a different way it would be wonderful," Brogden says, "If this post helps maybe solve that, that would be a dream come true."
Fortunately, the colt that went through the fence is expected to recover from the injuries.
Louisville has city ordinances which ban balloon releases, but there are not similar ordinances in Lexington.