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Trampled by Spooked Carriage Horse in Arizona

A five year old girl named Brielle was thrown off her horse and trampled by an out of control team of horses pulling a wagon at the Tucson Rodeo Parade on February 22, 2007. The run-away horses crashed into her horse causing him to rear up and throw the little girl who was trampled by the carriages. She later died in the hospital from internal bleeding.

This is the first death in the parade’s history – but in a similar incident last year, a runaway team of horses pulling a wagon rammed into a carriage carrying the mayor and his wife. Both were injured. The horses' owner says the horses are parade veterans and have never been involved in any parade accidents.

"They were alarmed by some incident along the parade route and reacted instinctively." “A person is not strong enough to stop a twelve- hundred pound animal” said a bystander. “Bringing a horse under control is enough of a challenge. Driving a wagon team puts at least 15 to 20 feet between the driver and the horse they're trying to control.”

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