Let's ear it for lessons of Stampede

SHAWN LOGAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

Using a trick he learned watching the Stampede rodeo, a Calgary hockey coach managed to bring a wild horse under control by chomping down on its ear.

Doug Sauter, coach of the Oklahoma City Blazers, was showing his Clydesdales at the Oklahoma State Fair on Saturday when six massive Belgian horses spooked after one broke its bridle.

Sauter leapt into the fray as the wagon the horses were pulling rolled, likely saving a 62-year-old woman from serious injury.

"It's an old Calgary Stampede trick," Sauter said yesterday. "I jumped on one of the horses, a 2,200-lb. mare, and I just bit hard on the ear and stymied her so she wouldn't kick anymore."

Born on a ranch, the coach is no stranger to horses and he learned the technique watching the wild horse race at the Stampede.

The 52-year-old, also vice-president of Express Clydesdales, which often travels to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, said it was a dangerous situation.

"It was like a wreck at the Calgary Stampede -- the one lady she got stepped on and she's lucky she didn't get killed," he said, noting he kept the horse's ear in his teeth for at least five minutes.

"I bit him pretty hard -- they said my face was all blue and red."

The team of horses was taken off with only minor scrapes while the woman suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung, Sauter said.

While modest about own role in the incident, Sauter said if the Stampede ever decides to bring back the wild horse race, which was taken out of the rodeo last year, he may consider changing professions.

"I'll probably get some offers," he laughed.


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