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Los Angeles rogue horse: Recreational ride turns into mad stampede

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A Los Angeles rogue horse situation got out of hand when two riders lost control of their mounts. Six people -- including three minors and four adults -- were injured in the chaos that broke out just before noon Saturday near the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, ABC Local 7 in LA reports Dec. 28. All of the injuries were non-life threatening.

Five of those injured in the Los Angeles rogue horse incident were transported to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and one was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.

The equestrian center said two horses acted up, throwing their riders off. The large animals" collided with other riders and people in the area," according to the report.

One of the riders said the uproar with the horses occurred while riders were on their way back to the barn after being on a trail ride. One of the horses in the very back of the group took off running. Everything got out of control when other horses started reacting. They were rearing and becoming frantic. Soon everyone started falling off.

Police and firefighters reportedly responded quickly to the chaotic scene. Horses that ran free were eventually caught and stabled again. It is unclear why the first horse ran ahead to begin with, but a tractor may have backfired or another noise might have upset it.

Anyone who knows horses and their behaviors will attest to how unpredictable the animals can be. Even the best of trained horses might spook at something and throw their riders out of the saddle before running off. It is a very scary feeling and extremely dangerous. The horse never intends to hurt the rider, but feels unsafe in some regard and runs away from what upset it in the first place.

This Los Angeles rogue horse incident is a perfect example of just that!



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