Holbeach man attacked by angry horse

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Roland Hix, who was the son of a well known Holbeach auctioneer had an “experience” whilst travelling to Holbeach from Spalding market which was decribed as “lively and less than pleasant”.

He was looking after a horse-driven float of 11 small calves, but while traveling on Low Road, Spalding, the horse suddenly stopped and as Mr Hix fell at its feet, the horse kicked him and threw him skywards.

He landed back on the float safely but as the horse reared up, he fell to the floor.

Mr Hix managed to roll out of the way of the horse, which then ran off and tipped the calves into a ditch but luckily they were unhurt.

The horse then collided with a telephone pole and brought down the wires.

Mr Hix managed to come to the rescue and dealt with the horse before helping the calves.

Mr Hix’s trousers were cut through with hoof marks and it was said that he was very lucky to only ended up with scratches and grazes.

Joseph Hix, Roland’s brother, was quickly on the scene with another float and the rebellious horse was “taught his manners”.