A rider was seriously injured after her horse collapsed on top of her and died while riding Co Down on Saturday.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene in the Woburn Road area of Millisle around midday.
An air ambulance was subsequently requested and, after initial treatment at the scene, the woman, aged in her 40s, was taken by road to the Royal Victoria Hospital with serious injuries.
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The horse is believed to have died of natural causes and has since been taken off the road.
It is understood the woman was hacking when her horse reared, collapsed and died.
The road between Millisle and Ballywhiskin was closed for a time as emergency services attended to the incident and treated the driver.
The rider was from the stable of Ian Magill and a spokesperson told Belfast Live: “It’s been a very traumatic day for everyone and it’s a very sensitive situation. Everyone is obviously very upset by what happened.”
There are no further details at this time.
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