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Local: Man OK after horse accident

— A man who was thrown from and kicked by a horse he was riding Saturday near Seedhouse Road in Clark was listed in fair condition at the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Routt County Search & Rescue Incident Commander Jim Vail said Tuesday that 62-year-old Dr. Mike Ribaudo of Crested Butte was riding a horse with a group of friends at about 4 p.m. on the Coulton Creek Trail when the horse bucked Ribaudo off and then kicked or trampled him.

Ribaudo suffered severe injuries including a shattered collarbone and several broken ribs, which caused air to leak from Ribaudo’s lungs, Vail said.

Ribaudo was bleeding from the mouth and was having difficulty breathing, Vail said.

Friends who Ribaudo was riding with got North Routt ambulances to the area where Ribaudo had fallen shortly after emergency crews were called around 4:15 p.m., Vail said.

Search & Rescue crews drove about a half-mile from where Ribaudo was on a U.S. Forest Service road, and then rode all-terrain vehicles another half-mile to reach him.

Vail said Flight for Life was called to transport Ribaudo because of the severity of his injuries but that the helicopter was not available because it was in Frisco with mechanical problems.

Instead, Ribaudo was transported to the Yampa Valley Medical Center by ambulance.

To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com.

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