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Theresa woman hospitalized after falling from horse spooked by motorcycles

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THERESA — A village resident was rushed to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, on Saturday night after the horse she was riding on County Route 18 was spooked by a group of passing motorcycles.

Patty Forbes, 47, of County Route 46, was riding north along the roadway, also known as Dutch Settlement Road, with her daughter, Mikalylee R. Gamble, at 7:16 p.m. as they returned from dropping off a donkey with their friend, William J. Stowe, who lives on County Route 46.

At that time, the group of about 15 motorcycles passed by in the opposite direction. The noise from the motorcycles startled Ms. Forbes’s horse, Tanner, which she has owned for more than a decade.

“The horse took off,” Mikaylee said.

Ms. Forbes suffered unspecified injuries in the fall, which also aggravated her lupus and other medical ailments.

She was taken from the scene by Lifenet helicopter to the Syracuse hospital. At 9:55 p.m., a nursing supervisor at the hospital said that Ms. Forbes’s injuries were being evaluated by medical staff.

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