Schenkel should know. She's been a horse breeder and has worked with horses for nearly 30 years, Schenkel says the tragic death that may have involved a Monroe County mounted patrol comes as a big surprise. “It’s probably not likely. If the horse did step on her it would be completely inadvertent,” said Schenkel.
51-year old Susan Baker died from injuries she suffered outside Marketplace Mall this weekend. Police say Banker fell under a Monroe County mounted Deputy’s horse outside the mall. Banks reportedly was trying to pet the horse when she slipped and fell, it’s not certain she was trampled by the horse.
Schenkel says the horses are put through vigorous training before they’re ever put on the streets. “They’re put through rigorous training where they’re desensitized to things like having a fire extinguisher blown at them, walking near or close to fire, and they put the horses in riot situations,” said Schenkel.
This type of training is aimed at prevented the type of accident that may have happened at Marketplace Mall. “It would may very well be part of their specific training if they were in a riot situation and someone had been knocked to the ground they would train the horse to step away from they person as opposed to stepping on them,” said Schenkel.
The Monroe County Sheriffs Office is awaiting the Medical Examiners report to determine an exact cause of death.