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REAGAN IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AFTER FALL FROM BUCKING HORSE

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Former President Ronald Reagan was in excellent condition and high spirits after being thrown from a wildly bucking horse during a hunting trip on a Mexican ranch, a spokesman said.

The 78-year-old former president, an experienced rider and former movie cowboy, was taken to an Army hospital Tuesday after the fall, which he quipped was "my own private rodeo."Lt. Jay Mason, a spokesman for Fort Huachuca in southern Arizona, said Reagan was examined at the base hospital and released after being treated for scrapes and bruises. Mason said Reagan left the Army base about 2 p.m. MST by helicopter.

Reagan spokesman Mark Weinberg said the former president was riding at the ranch of a longtime friend when his horse began to buck wildly on a rocky downhill slope and eventually stumbled.

Weinberg said Reagan is "an excellent rider and he held on quite a while," before finally being thrown. Weinberg said doctors who examined the former president concluded he was in "excellent condition."

Reagan plans to celebrate the birthday of his wife, Nancy, on Thursday at the ranch and then return to Los Angeles, Weinberg said. The Reagans arrived Saturday for a weeklong hunting trip and vacation at the ranch of William Wilson, a Californian who served under Reagan as the first U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.

Reagan took up riding when he was a sportscaster in Iowa in the 1930s. He often took afternoons off from the White House to go riding at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., and rode during vacations at his ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif.

As an actor, he appeared in such Westerns such as "Cowboy from Brooklyn," "Stallion Road," "The Last Outpost" and "Cattle Queen of Montana."