Six people were injured, one seriously, during a Wednesday morning horse ride at the Circle Bar B Guest Ranch on Refugio Canyon Road. Stable manager Jack Rowe explained Wednesday afternoon that one of the riders became alarmed when her horse started trotting and she jumped off. This spooked the other horses in the group, and the other riders were either bucked off or they jumped.

Santa Barbara County Fire medical responders arrived at the ranch shortly after 11 a.m. and transported all six people — three adults and three children, some of them related — to the hospital. The person who answered the phone at the Circle Bar B stables at around 11:15 a.m. told The Santa Barbara Independent that no such incident took place. He declined to give his name.

But an hour later, County Fire spokesperson David Sadecki said a 14-year-old male rider was being treated for serious injuries. Another child suffered moderate injuries, he went on, and the third is recuperating from minor injuries. The adults in the group, a 40-year-old female, a 23-year-old male, and a 49-year-old female, suffered moderate to minor injuries.


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