Quincy — Authorities say a rider on horseback was severely injured after being thrown from his horse while on patrol during a Memorial Day parade in southern Michigan.

The Branch County sheriff’s department says in a Facebook posting that the rider was a member of the department’s posse program who was on parade detail Monday in Quincy.

Undersheriff Keith Eichler confirmed the posting and tells The Associated Press that a news release with updated information is expected to be distributed on Tuesday.

WOOD-TV reports that the horse appeared to have been frightened, throwing the rider into the air.

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