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Horse put down after collision during St. Paul Rodeo wild horse race

Posted: Updated: July 5, 2012 01:08 PM

A horse was euthanized at the St. Paul Rodeo after it collided with another horse Wednesday night.

The collision happened during the wild horse race.

The rodeo's on-site veterinarian, Dr. Ben Wustenberg, said the horse suffered head and neck trauma before it was put down. The second horse suffered muscle and tendon injuries in the shoulder and was sent home to a ranch to recover, a rodeo spokeswoman said.

Officials said the riders on the horses weren't injured.

The rodeo has canceled the wild horse race for the remainder of the St. Paul Rodeo, which has Thursday and Friday night performances.

Steve Coleman, the rodeo's director, described it as a freak accident that has devastated the rodeo's stock contractor and the committee.

"It doesn't happen very often, but there are injuries that happen in sports and rodeo that are out of your control," he said.

Clips of past wild horse races at the St. Paul Rodeo can be found on YouTube.

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