The 44th annual Garden Valley Fourth of July Parade and Celebration turned slightly chaotic last Thursday when a horse participating in the parade became spooked and stepped on a young child and a woman’s foot.
“Everybody seems to have come out of it OK” though, according to Fire Capt. Charles Frost of Garden Valley Fire Protection District. Although he was sent to the front of the parade in the department’s newest addition of engines, he was then diverted to a helicopter, which was called in case the child had more serious injuries.
The 2-year-old ended up being transported by ambulance to Marshall Hospital after being examined by Dr. Alexis Lieser, who was a bystander watching the parade.
The woman, whose foot was crushed but not broken, was self-transported to Marshall. When asked how could the foot be crushed and not broken, Lieser said, “Feet are amazingly tough.”
The incident occurred when the Old West Legends participating in the parade had a mock shootout, spooking one of the Bureau of Land Management wild horses, another participant in the parade. Parade observers said there was nothing that the rider of the horse could do once the horses started “dancing.”
No other injuries were reported and the parade, with Grand Marshal Richard Grimes, ended approximately 30 minutes after it began with a 20-minute wait for emergency vehicles to get through and collect the child.