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Horse & Rider Found Dead In Southwest Ranches

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SOUTHWEST RANCHES (CBSMiami) — Davie Police are investigating the death of a rider and horse on Thursday afternoon.

Officers said they found the horse and rider dead near Southwest Ranches near SW 188 Ave & Griffin Road.
Witnesses said they saw the horse running quickly.

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"Literally like a race horse, she was flying and I though that was extremely odd because we see people on trail rides here all the time," said Vicky Geddis, who was waiting in her car to pick up her child at Falcon Cove Middle School.

"She literally was on the horse sprinting right passed me."

Geddis said the speed startled her.

"It's not normal to see somebody going that fast on a horse around here," she said. "You would only see somebody going that fast on a horse like on a racetrack."

Investigators are trying to gather details as to how they died.

Southwest Ranches Mayor Jeff Nelson did not reveal many specifics but said in this close-knit community, it's a challenging and emotional moment.

"It's heart-breaking, heart wrenching," Nelson said. "Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family at this difficult time."

Davie Police are not releasing the rider's name at this time.

A woman who knows the rider and the horse said the horse is a 10-year-old Quarterhorse named Brownie. The woman, who did not want to be identified, said the horse was well known in the area and did not have any known health problems.

The woman also said the rider who died was an experienced rider who had ridden Brownie previously.

Davie Police said the horse will be taken to the University of Florida to undergo a necropsy to determine a cause of death. The Davie Police Department says they expect to have more details tomorrow once they know what killed the horse and the young woman.

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