For the second time in three days a local equestrian outing has turned into a rescue effort as a horse and rider found themselves in trouble Tuesday.
As first reported on our Facebook Page, horse and rider found themselves in trouble at around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday after the pair fell about 50 feet down an embankment on a remote trail at the eastern edge of Briones Regional Park.
The rider escaped unharmed, rescuers said, but the horse was entangled in scrub and tree roots and had to be euthanized in place. Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters and East Bay Regional Park personnel were at the scene and working with a veterinarian to save the animal, to no avail.
The animal is believed to have broken its leg in the fall.
On Sunday, firefighters and a CHP helicopter were called out to locate and airlift a 72-year-old woman thrown from her horse during a riding accident on Mt. Diablo.