By Laura Haefeli

WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A mother went to the emergency room after her 2-year-old daughter was nearly thrown from a horse at Dave’s Pumpkin Patch in West Sacramento.

“We’re going around and the horse started to buck her off and you could just see her flopping around like a rag doll,” Emily Bowes, the mother of the girl, said.

Bowes said she was able to get her daughter off the animal safely but not without escaping injury of her own.

“The horse kicked me three times to get away,” Bowes said. “On the x-rays, you can see the bones not broken, but it’s a deep muscle bone bruise and it’s going to spread from the knee to the ankle.”

Bowes said that after a trip to the ER, she was saddled with medical bills.

“Armando’s Pony Pals does have a valid liability policy,” said David Vierra, who owns the pumpkin patch. “He’d be more than happy to take care of that.”

Vierra said Armando’s Pony Pals has been a vendor there for thirty years.

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“It’s been my experience with Armando’s pony pals that they’re very good with these horses,” Vierra said.

But it wasn’t until after the pony ride that the Bowes family said they were told the horse was aggressive.

“Why would you have an aggressive horse out here? Armando was very flippant,” Bowes said. “He was just, “You better get a good lawyer,’ and he didn’t care if we were hurt or if she was hurt.”

Vierra said he’s talked to the pony vendor, who’s pulled the aggressive horse out of the rotation.

“We have thought about maybe it’s time for the ponies to not be here any longer,” Vierra said. “We just have valued customers who come every year to do a pony ride. [I’m] 100% grateful that there wasn’t any more severe injuries.”

Comments (5)
  1. fiddlestix says:

    It’s a horse, animals are not 100% guaranteed controllable. You assume some risk in life. Stuff happens get over it.

  2. Theresa Smith says:

    What a Karen.Your daughter survived, That husband should grow up and put on a collared shirt.

  3. tallbikeman says:

    Armando’s Pony Pals have delivered a safe fun ride for a ton of kids every year. We look forward to taking our grandkids next year too. Sorry Mom was hurt helping her little girl get off the pony, though.

  4. E Saronsen says:

    This is so unnatural. Horses are not meant to be subjected to walking in circles over and over again for financial gain! Did Armando’s Pony Pals have the horse examined by a Vet? The horse could be in pain or ill! I wonder what they did with that horse as a result of this.

  5. Jenny Arnold says:

    My children have visited Dave’s for years now multiple times during each season and look forward to the service provided by Armando’s Pony Pals. We have interacted with Armando and his wrangler six times this season and each time has been positive. From our experience, they have always been kind to my children, kind to their horses, and have behaved professionally. I hope they continue to provide trail rides and pony rides at the Pumpkin Patch.

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