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FORT WORTH (KRLD) – A horse at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo died Sunday night after running into a wall and suffering a spinal cord injury, Matt Brockman of the Stock Show said.
The incident was captured on camera by Bruce Weidner, a rodeo fan from Benbrook.
The footage posted on his Facebook page shows a bucking horse – 9-year-old Treasure of Patience – crashing into a wall. Upon impact, the horse fell to the ground, rolling on its side and kicking its legs. The rider of the horse was able to hop the fence to safety.
“I want everybody to relax,” the announcer told the hushed crowd. “The first, best medicine is prayer.”
Weidner said he has never seen anything like the ordeal before.
“I’ve been to thousands of rodeos and I’ve never seen an animal just crash into the wall like that and get completely knocked out.”
The incident took place during a saddle bronc event at the Will Rogers Coliseum. Workers rushed to the aid of the horse and rolled it onto an orange mat. A tractor was brought in and pulled the horse out of the arena.
“They had a lot of people attending to that horse right way. They had at least 10 people there. They took care of that horse,” Weidner said.
After the event, Weidner said he kept thinking about the horse and was disappointed to hear of its passing.
“All night I kept thinking, even on the way home, I kept thinking about that horse. When I got home I watched that video over several times.”
A horse also died of a similar injury during a saddle bronc event at the rodeo on Jan. 16, Brockman said.
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