Horse rider suffers spinal injuries after dog encounter

Horse rider suffers spinal injuries after dog encounter

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James Preston

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Horse rider suffers spinal injuries after dog encounter

A rider has suffered spinal injuries after two over-excited dogs caused her to be thrown from her horse.

The woman was part of a party-of-three out for a ride in Bisham Woods on Monday morning when a pair of unleashed dogs out for exercise with their owner emerged.

The dogs started to jump and bark at the horses, causing all three animals to bolt and throwing one male and one female rider to the ground.

The man was uninjured but the woman suffered back injuries and had to be airlifted to Wexham Park Hospital.

The other rider, who does not wish to be named, said her friend had suffered a broken vertebrae, two compressed vertebrae and a cracked pelvis and would be in a back brace for three months.

She said: "These two dogs came out of nowhere and ran straight at the horses.

"As soon as she realised what had happened, the dog owner did happily put her dogs in the car and waited with the injured rider for the air ambulance.

"People should have their dogs in sight at all times. There are a lot of riders who use those woods. If dogs are not under control they can be dangerous."

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