Kids thrown from hayride in Eagle County
Eagle County, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Eight kids were transported to the hospital Wednesday afternoon for precautionary reasons after a hayride accident at 4 Eagle Ranch, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office deputy.
Some kids were on a hayride at the ranch as part of the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District summer recreation program when a horse got spooked and broke the hitch on the wagon carrying the kids, said Deputy Tim Comroe.
The horse was still attached to the wagon by a harness and ran over two ditches, tossing a few kids from the wagon.
Comroe described the incident as a “fluke accident” and said no charges will be filed.
Recreation district director Steve Russell said the kid’s parents were immediately notified and that counselors were at the ranch with the kids.
“We’ve worked with 4 Eagle Ranch for quite a while, they run a great program,” Russell said. “The horse just got spooked, it’s one of those freak accidents.”
Fourteen kids between the ages of eight and 12 were on the trip, Russell said.
Tom Backhus, who owns the business, said he’s still trying to figure out what exactly spooked the horses.
“For some reason they were coming down the wagon road and veered left,” Backhus said. “There’s a big rock in the grass and one of the wheels went over the big rock, that could have been what did it.”
The horses have been at the ranch for several years, Backhus said. In the 19 years the ranch has been operating, there have only been two other accidents, he said.
“We don’t have many accidents,” Backhus said.
Vail Valley ranch takes a European approach to promoting welfare of this keystone species