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Horse euthanized after injury during Montana skijoring race

January 29, 2019

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A skijoring race in northwestern Montana was called off early after a horse was injured on the course and had to be euthanized.

The Daily Inter Lake reports the horse was injured Sunday at the World Invitational Skijoring races, which pair a horse and rider with a skier being pulled through a course. The event was being held at Big Mountain Ranch in Whitefish in conjunction with the Whitefish Winter Carnival.

Skijoring committee member Mike Righetti says the rider hit a turn too hard, and the horse stumbled and “rolled wrong.” The owner decided to euthanize the horse, and a vote was taken to end the races early.

Righetti says skijoring event organizers work hard to make the course safe, but the sport comes with a “known risk” of injury.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, http://www.dailyinterlake.com

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