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Car cut open to rescue fallen horse rider at Spennymoor farm
Firefighters prepare to remove the car's doors and roof to get the injured rider out safely. Photo: John Mothersdale
A HORSE rider with a suspected spinal injury had to be cut out of a car after getting inside to recover from a fall.
The female rider initially said she didn't require any first aid after taking a tumble from her horse when it failed to take a jump.
The woman, in her mid 20s, was taken to sit inside a Peugeot car, belonging to one of the helpers at the annual horse event at Misty Blue Farm at Spennymoor, County Durham.
However, when emergency services arrived at the equestrian centre, they feared she may have suffered possible spinal injuries so firefighters removed the car's doors and peeled back its roof so the woman could be safely removed on a spinal board.
She was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham and it is understood she was discharged yesterday (Monday) having suffered cracked ribs.
Nikki Skinner who runs the farm said it was a relief she had not suffered a more serious injury.
The rider was not wearing body armour while taking part in the Annual Showing Show and Mrs Skinner said the farm is considering making such protection compulsory for future competitions.
“We had an emergency staff meeting fter the incident and we do not feel there is anything we could have done differently, it was just one those unfortunate things that can happen when working with unpredictable animals like horses.
“It is up to each individual rider whether or not they wear the protection, it does not guarantee safety but is better than wearing no protection at all.
“We are now reviewing our rules and regulations.”
Photographer John Mothersdale said the rider was lucky not to have been more seriously hurt.
He said: “Her horse, which was a big one, probably about 17 hands, went through the jump rather than over it and she went over its head.
“The horse then jumped over her, it would have been a lot worse if it had landed on her.”
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was called to the farm but was not needed.
In July the Great North Air Ambulance flew Laura Tomkins to hospital after she broke her collarbone when she fell from her horse at the same farm.
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