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Hunter died of trauma after fall from mule

Hunter died of trauma after fall from mule:
http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/137132

My heart goes out to the family of this guy. Very tragic and this just goes to show anything can happen while in the colorado wilderness. One needs to take extra percausion when hunting steep and slick terrain. Be safe out there, this is really a headsup for me, this could have easily happend to me or one of my hunting partys a number of times.

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Re: Hunter died of trauma after fall from mule
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Hunter died of trauma after fall from mule:
http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/137132

My heart goes out to the family of this guy. Very tragic and this just goes to show anything can happen while in the colorado wilderness. One needs to take extra percausion when hunting steep and slick terrain. Be safe out there, this is really a headsup for me, this could have easily happend to me or one of my hunting partys a number of times.

That is so sad. You always hear about some sort of hunting mishap this time of year, That is just terrible.

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Hunter died of trauma after fall from mule

That is tragic, my heart goes out to the family. I always think about the possibility of that when going on an outdoor adventure, but truth be told it can happen anytime such as driving to work in the morning. That's why we got to focus on the good and enjoy what and who we love as much as we can.

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Hunter died of trauma after fall from mule

After his evening hunt on Sunday night, one the guys from our camp drove past a horse walking on the rode with no rider. Rifle, saddle and all. We went back and got her and brought her into camp and undressed her, fed and watered her, and called the DOW and described the gun. She had blown a stirrup and had mud all up her ass so we were afraid she had thrown her rider and left him somewhere out there. It was now an hour after dark and we were worried for this guy. I had seen a Sombrero truck earlier in the day and I sent my bro to check camps out that way. Sure enough he found the guy. He was an older guy and was lucky he wasn't hurt when it threw him. We have always said we wanted a horse in camp but this wasn't how we wanted it to happen.

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Hunter died of trauma after fall from mule

The article doesn't say if the rider owned the mule or how experienced he was in ridding horses/mules. Regardless it's a sad event.

I insist that my daughters and any of their friends that ride with us wear helmets. Although I'm not a very good example, wearing mine only on occassions. Injuries from being involved with horses/mules are expected. The old saying amongst horse owners is: It's not if, but rather when you get hurt. But most injuries are not life threatening, broken ribs, collar bones, arms, blown tendon/ligiments etc are more common.

Each monday as I pick up the local paper, I usually see an article about a person getting killed from an ATV accident while riding their ATV. So while riding a horse has it's dangers, there are other hobbies that have a higher probability of getting killed.

The thing that makes accidents on horses more noticible, is that they frequently happen in pretty remote locations. As mention in this article, very remote rough terrain and the only way to retrieve the injuried person is by lifeflight.

I had a friend last February whose horse slipped in some mud, The rider broke his pelvis. He was riding alone. He laid on the ground for 14 hours before they found and rescued him. He got hurt around 2pm and they finally got him into a helocopter around 4 am. Temps dropped to 16* that night. He said the coyotes were circling him. He came to terms with his creator, fully believing he wasn't going to survive. He has had a pretty miserable 8 months of recovery.

I used to sponsor a Competitive Trail Ride, I'd have 60 riders show up to ride a 50 mile course through the mountains. Almost with out fail, each year, we would send somebody to the hospital. Not because the horses were untrained and nasty. Not because people got bucked off. But because a horse fell down on the mountain because of footing. Maybe because the horses became tired and over worked. maybe because of mud. We put these animals in difficult situations and trust our safety to their surefootedness. A slip in the mud and you have a 1000 lb animal landing on top of you on,

Anyway, things happen. We choose our hobbies/lifestyles and accept the risk associated with them.And yes we are sadden when mother nature wins and our friends lose.

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