CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A second horse died during the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo.
CFD officials said in a statement that a horse in the wild horse race event died Saturday of a neck injury. The mare was not being ridden at the time and apparently its lead was stepped on by another horse.
Frontier Days CEO Dan Cheney tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that it was nothing more than a random accident between two animals.
Earlier during this year’s rodeo, a rookie saddle bronc horse died from a back injury.
Animal rights activists have decried the Cheyenne rodeo and other rodeos for exposing horses and livestock to injury and possible death. Rodeo advocates say the animals receive top notch care and treatment.
The Cheyenne rodeo ended Sunday.
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