CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – A horse at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo has died because of a back injury.

Rodeo officials said a horse named Check Mate suffered the injury during the rookie saddle bronc ride by Luke Morgan of Weatherford, Texas.

Rodeo spokesman Bob Budd says the horse was euthanized after a veterinarian determined the injuries were serious.

According to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, this is the second time a rookie saddle bronc has died at rodeo in the last three years. In 2009 a horse named Strawberry Fudge died from neck and head injuries when it fell to its side shortly after the chute opened.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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