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Councilmember Frank Hotchkiss Injured in Fall From Horse

Taken to Hospital Complaining of Back and Hip Pains


Friday, August 2, 2013
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Santa Barbara City Councilmember Frank Hotchkiss was injured at around noon Friday when he was bucked from his horse in the Fiesta parade’s staging area. City firefighters and an ambulance crew responded to Pershing Park in the 100 block of Castillo Street to find Hotchkiss lying on the grass complaining of lower back and hip pains. He was stabilized in a stretcher and transported to Cottage Hospital. No other details on the incident have been released.

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Horses only behave that way when they can sense their rider is afraid of them and not in control of the situation.

I am sure Hotchkiss was given a horse of very mild temperment and one used to crowds unless Frank lied about his riding abilities.

Hmmm, somewhat analogous to his posturing on the City Council. All talk and no real action or experience.

HolaAmigos (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 1 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yeah, PETA should protest against Hotchkiss.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Actually, Hola, they act like that for a lot of reasons. I was thrown from one when I was ten because there was a small bur under the saddle, my sister had a similar experience when a plastic bag scared her horse. I would image in the environment today there were plenty of other reasons besides "rider fear" for the horse to be a bit jumpy.

Num1UofAn (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 2:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

First of all, I hope Frank is OK

Horses behave that way because they are horses. If a flower pot has been moved, or someone opens up an umbrella, that's fair game for a good spooking. Good riders get bucked all the time also.

Thank God for Henry Ford!!

Go Fiesta!!!

GandG (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 2:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm still not voting for him..I wonder if he will sue now.

Byrd (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 2:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I would like to see rubber horse shoes on the horses as mandatory for the parade, asphalt and steel horse shoes do not go together. Hope the rider recovers and gets back on soon.

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 2:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't know about the horseshoes but don't pro riders wear a crash helmet of sorts? Very lucky it was on the lawn and not asphalt.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 2:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

True - children are often unable to control horses as well if they are inexperienced and fearful. Ten is pretty young depending on the horse and the rider.

Perhaps the horse was improperly prepared and brushed prior to its saddle being fit if there was a bur underneath.

A plastic bag could possibly frighten a horse if the rider can't deal with it and calm and control the animal. Must have been a big plastic bag.

As stated above, I would guess someone like Hotchkiss would be provided with a docile animal accustomed to people, crowds and other horses.

But hey - I could be wrong.

HolaAmigos (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 2:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Another couple have just been injured, when they and the horse fell at the front of the parade with the woman in seizures...

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 2:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Jeez! Maybe we need a horse injunction!

sacjon (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 2:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I do find equine nighttime activities suspicious.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 3:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Another vote for Henry Ford!

GandG (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 3:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Halftime score update....Horses 2, People 0

Stay tuned for the final score!

brimo7272 (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 4:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The horse probably smelled one of the local transients. Urine and body odor would make any creature retreat.

Validated (anonymous profile)
August 2, 2013 at 9:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Is this going to be a worker's comp claim? If so, it will raise the city's rates for years to come. Worth it? I don't think so.

jenninsb (anonymous profile)
August 3, 2013 at 6:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I think he should ride in a carriage next year.

local (anonymous profile)
August 3, 2013 at 6:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

a baby carriage.

pk (anonymous profile)
August 4, 2013 at 6:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

With a rattle he could shake at the world..

Byrd (anonymous profile)
August 5, 2013 at 7:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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