(Gallatin County, Mont.) Sunday at 11:30 AM Gallatin County Search and Rescue responded to Bridger Bowl for a report of a woman who fell off a horse. The 50 year old Bozeman woman was riding with a friend south of Bridger Bowl on U.S. Forest Service property. Her horse got spooked and she got bucked off. She sustained a severe head injury when she landed. Her partner was able to call 911.
Volunteer Rescuers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, AMR Ambulance, and the Bridger Canyon Fire Department were able to reach the woman by vehicle and four wheelers. She was transported to a landing zone where Reach Air ambulance assumed care. The woman was flown directly to Billings hospital.
Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind all outdoor enthusiasts that an accident in the backcountry can be a complicated affair and take a long time for rescuers to reach you and give treatment. Today, the woman was extremely lucky her friend was able to get cell service to call 911. There are many parts of the county where calling for help on a cell phone is not an option.