A veteran member of the Kern County Sheriff's Posse was thrown from his horse and sent to a hospital Friday night after the horse was attacked by a dog at the county fairgrounds.
Rider Anthony Mungary, 68 years old and a 22-year veteran of the posse, said he was treated for a broken collarbone and severely bruised ribs at San Joaquin Community Hospital. He spent Saturday recovering.
"It's really hard to breathe or move around much," he said, adding that he felt "kind of rough."
Fellow posse member Stan Henry said the horse -- which Mungary said is related to Roy Rogers' famous Palomino named Trigger -- is expected to recover.
"I understand that the vet on site stitched him up last night and he's OK," Henry said Saturday.
In a late-night news release, the sheriff's office gave this account of the 8:30 p.m. incident:
The Sheriff's Posse was riding in a rodeo at the Kern County Fairgrounds. After their presentation, Mungary was on his horse. A dog described as a "stray black pit-bull ... aggressively approached" Mungary's horse.
Mungary tried to move his horse away but "the dog lunged at the horse, biting the horse in the chest. (The horse) began bucking and kicking, trying to get away from the attacking dog. Mungary was thrown from his horse, landing on the ground."
Eventually another member of the posse started kicking at the dog and it fled.
A veterinarian on the scene treated Mungary's horse for what were described as severe cuts and puncture wounds. Bakersfield Animal control was notified of the incident.