A woman who fell off her horse and was dragged across rocks was rescued and transported to Aspen Valley Hospital on Friday.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office on Friday received information from an employee of the Maroon Bells Outfitters that one of their customers had fallen off her horse during a trail ride across the river on a trail near the Maroon Bells entrance station on Maroon Creek Road.
It was reported that a 23-year-old woman had fallen from her horse, but her foot had been stuck in the stirrup when she fell. The woman was dragged along the ground for a distance and hit her head on several rocks before her foot was shaken free from the stirrup, according to a press release from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Members of the Maroon Bells Outfitters stayed with the woman and provided her with first aid as they called for help.
Based on all the information learned about the subject and where she had fallen, deputies determined a rescue mission was needed, as the trail was too treacherous for a routine patient transport. At approximately 4:10 p.m., Mountain Rescue Aspen deployed their teams into the field and located the injured woman. Mountain Rescue Aspen team members extracted the injured woman at approximately 5:42 p.m. She was transported by Aspen Ambulance to Aspen Valley Hospital at approximately 6:13 p.m. All members of Mountain Rescue Aspen were out of the field by that time.
A total of 18 volunteers from Mountain Rescue Aspen were involved in this rescue. Overall, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Rescue Aspen, Aspen Ambulance, and the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center were involved in the rescue of this subject.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen would like to remind individuals venturing into the backcountry to be prepared for any first-aid situation that may occur on whatever recreational activity one is participating in and to always wear a helmet when horseback riding in the backcountry.