Sunday, April 15, 2007

"Helotes Horse Dies, Injures Rider"

This is a bit odd.

SAN ANTONIO -- A horse injured a man after it fell on him while he was riding it on Sunday in Helotes, Texas, authorities said.

EMS arrived at a home to find the man trapped underneath his horse that had died, authorities said.

The story from KSAT-TV isn't entirely clear on what happened. But, judging from the headline, it seems that the horse just keeled over while out on a ride, falling on top of the rider in the process.

I'm not a horse buff, so I'm not sure if it is unusual for one to suddenly die while exercising. Do horses have heart attacks? If so, are they common enough to pose a danger to riders?

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