Young rider dragged off road after vehicle spooked horse
A young rider is recovering after her horse got scared while crossing a road and dragged her for several meters. Rosie Buck was leading her six-year-old colored cob Fred when the incident happened.
She keeps her gelding in a yard in Broadstairs, Kent, and owners have to cross Dane Court Road to access the stake. She said your horse how she came to lose control of Fred.
“There was a van about a quarter of a mile away so I started crossing, I normally cross the road if the vehicles are at this point but by the time I got to the other side of the road the van was behind Fred and he didn’t like it very much,” she said. “He took off and pulled me to my knees then stopped, but with the shock he went away again.
Rosie let go of Fred after being pulled onto concrete, but luckily he ran to his companions in the field and pulled away from the road.
“As soon as I realized he was loose, the adrenaline kicked in and I ran after him and was able to catch him,” she said.
Rosie was left with a large area of bruises on her body and Fred was unhealthy. Both recovered after resting after the ordeal (June 19) but Rosie said she was still shaken.
“It shook me and my mom more than Fred did,” she said. “Mom saw that I was being dragged down the road, she was walking behind us. Luckily Fred dodged her completely.
Rosie could not take details of the van to report the incident to police, but said she would share the details with the British Horse Society. She said there were warning signs for horses along the main road, but they were obscured by bushes. Rosie said the road could benefit from a pelican or a zebra crossing.
Earlier this week (July 4), Rosie crossed the road for the first time since the incident and luckily Fred crossed happily. Rosie had it for a year and the couple enjoy hacking together.
“He’s very nice and quite a character, he can be quite bossy!” she added.
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