Sunday 20th September 2015 – 6.18pm – Murray MacGregor.
It was ‘neigh’ fun at all for no fewer than four horse riders today after three were thrown from their mounts and the fourth was stood on causing her to fall
The incidents happened right across the West Midlands.
The first, at just after 11.00am, happened just off Moors Lane in Feckenham, Worcestershire. The woman in her 50s was stood on by her horse which caused her to fall awkwardly causing back, hip and shoulder pain. A rapid response vehicle and ambulance were initially responded but due to her condition, they requested an air ambulance to provide advanced pain relief. After further treatment she was taken by land ambulance to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.
The second incident at 1.25pm in a field off Walsall Road, Muckley Corner near Lichfield happened at lunchtime. A woman in her 50s was riding a horse when it reared up causing her to fall and then the animal fell on top of her. A rapid response vehicle was first on scene and the paramedic treated her for a suspected fractured leg, splinting it and providing pain relief. Due to the location, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire was sent to airlift the woman to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.
It was a similar story at Hopton near Stafford at 2.05pm; a woman in her 40s had been unseated whilst riding and had suffered chest and hip pain. A paramedic on a rapid response vehicle had fitted a pelvic binder to the woman due to her injuries before she was airlifted by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to Royal Stoke University Hospital
The last horse injury came at just before 2.30pm after the 16 year old rider was unseated and then had the horse land on her chest. The incident in a field near Upper Tysoe in Warwickshire resulted in the girl suffering chest and abdominal pain. The ambulance crew had treated her on the scene immobilising her as a result of the nature of the injury before the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance arrived to transport her to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.
The scene at the fall at Muckley Corner, Staffordshire