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Man badly hurt in horse-riding accident in Winona County

ALTURA, Minn. (WXOW) -- A Cochrane, Wisconsin man was badly hurt Saturday just before noon when his horse fell over while climbing a ravine in Trout Valley just north of Altura in Winona County.

It happened on a logging trail two miles into the woods near Winona County Roads 30 and 31 north of Whitewater State Park.  The Winona County Sheriff's Office identified the man hurt as Gordy Stanton of Cochrane.  Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude said Stanton was in a group of riders out on the trail at a man's farm when the accident happened about 11:45 a.m.

Stanton was riding up a steep incline when his horse lost his footing and fell, taking the rider with him.  Ganrude said Stanton hit his head and lost consciousness for a time.  The first deputy who arrived gave him oxygen and supported his neck and spine until more help arrived, with a second deputy bringing the department's ATV unit with its rescue sled.

Stanton was taken by Altura Ambulance to Winona Health.  

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