Verstappen was third in Japan earlier this month and then stormed through from 18th on the grid to finish second in the US Grand Prix on Sunday.
Ricciardo's race last just eight laps until he pulled over at the side of Turn 11 with a terminal auto problem.
Horner, speaking to Sky Sports after the race, said he sympathised with Ricciardo for the emotional outburst.
"It was an identical issue to that which he had in Bahrain where it was a complete shut down".
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"He was driving a strong grand prix and would have been right there too".
Cape Town - Max Verstappen says some members of the Red Bull team are seeing the amusing side in Daniel Ricciardo's misfortune.
"He's just taken his frustration out on his room by putting his fist through the wall, which you can totally relate to", added Horner.
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"He doesn't blame the [Red Bull] team in any way, he knows we are doing everything we can, it's just one of those things".
"I hope no more penalties, we should have enough components for him not to".
The Red Bull Formula One driver raised his hands in the air in rage at his seventh DNF of the year as the trackside motorbike arrived to bring him back to the sheds.
"I think really since Montreal (in June), he has driven some brilliant races", Horner told Autosport. "I'm sure he'll have a few words with his future employer about it", team boss Christian Horner is quoted by Auto Bild.
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The Australian has experienced some relative success this season, winning two Grands Prix in Monaco and China respectively. "I think with both cars in the race we'd have seen both cowboy suits on the podium". "A good and fair fight between Max and Lewis over the last couple of laps gave Kimi [Räikkönen] the breathing space to take a well-deserved win and Max a fantastic second place".