A woman was knocked off her feet by a horse and was knocked unconscious leaving her with a horrific head injuries.
Liz Falkingham had been walking a young horse from a field back to the stables when it was startled and the freak accident happened.
The experienced horse handler suffered lacerations to her scalp that needed 16 staples, a fractured cheekbone, a deep cut to her eyebrow and severe haematomas to her thighs.
Recalling the events Liz told Hull Live : “The only thing I recall is the horse shooting forward and the next thing I can remember is ringing my husband to tell him to come back to the farm."
Liz runs a small livery business and works on the family’s beef and arable farm at Driffield.
“Someone who was visiting the farm found me and apparently I had been screaming and saying that my leg was broken.
“They called the ambulance and the responder on the phone was getting them to ask me questions, which I have absolutely no memory of, and evidently I was talking nonsense.
“In the ambulance, I remember saying to the paramedics, ‘please don’t shave my head’ – they didn’t realise I had a head injury at that point because I was laid on my back and the front of my face was injured and covered in blood.”
In its spooked state, the horse had run over the top of Liz, kicking the back of her head and smashing her face into the concrete.
“I suspect I kept hold – your instinct is to grip the rope – and evidently I asked them about 20 times whether they had caught the horse and got it in its stable safely.”
She was kept in Hull Royal Infirmary overnight for observation and allowed home the next day.
“I felt like I’d been run over by a train, not a horse,” said Liz, who is also a freelance journalist and writer and runs Wheatear Cottage, a holiday let on the farm where guests can bring their horses.
“My doctor told me not to ride for at least three months and even after a few months, wearing a riding hat gave me severe headaches.
“Having spoken to a fellow equestrian who had experienced something similar, it sounds as though I might have had post-concussion syndrome.
“The bruising took a long time to go – it gradually moved down my face to my jawline and neck, I was all the colours of the rainbow.”
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