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Loose horse causes stampede on trail in Griffith Park

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An unusual accident along a trail at Griffith Park in Burbank, California, involving a frightened loose horse occurred on Saturday Dec. 28. According to the Burbank Fire Department, the horse had bucked off its rider at a nearby stable and went galloping away from the barn, heading down a riding trail. Along the way, the horse ran into other horses and their riders, and ultimately seven people were injured. Six individuals that includes three children, were taken to the hospital.

One person who was riding at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center said that the loose horse was running “at break neck speed, with its ears back and frightened.”

A spokesperson for the fire department notes that a horse had dumped its rider and spooked numerous horses along the trail. As it went running by the other horses, these also began acting up, throwing their riders off. All of these horses took off too, and soon formed a sort-of stampede. In addition, there were many people walking the trail.

Witnesses to the wild goings-on said that the riders had been taking lessons and were inexperienced while some of the others were children who were not able to control the unruly horses.

There were a range of injuries during the melee including a couple of fractures, a broken nose and some lacerations.

Many of the inexperienced riders became very frightened during the incident. The scene was pretty scary with the galloping and spooked horses and people thrown off.

The escaped horse did not belong to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. The animal obviously got away from its rider and was running home to its own barn. Ranch hands managed to stop and control the horse.

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