Spalding area rider appeals for motorists to take care after her horse was injured
A rider is calling for motorists to take greater care after her horse was injured.
Sonia Wood says a van driver drove off and left her trapped under her horse, Cannock, after an incident in Moulton Eaugate, this morning (Monday, September 28).
Seasoned hacker Cannock ended up hitting the road after a van overtook them at 9.30am.
Cannock, who has competed in British Eventing, has suffered a serious scrapes to his head and knees as a result.
Mrs Wood, who had been kitted out in hi-vis along with Cannock, said: “The driver could have stopped and shouted to see if we were OK and if we needed help.
“The worst bit is that he never stopped, he just drove off.”
Mrs Wood said 26-year-old Cannock, had been passed by a tractor and a bus earlier in the hack without any problems.
She said that as the van was passing them, Cannock moved sideways, lost his footing before hitting his head on the road. Mrs Wood had her foot caught under him.
After the van had driven-off, Cannock thankfully was able to stand and free Mrs Wood, who then called her neighbour for help.
She said: “I was still on the ground when he left and the end of the day we could have been seriously injured on a country road. When would the next car pass by?
“People need to be aware that horses need plenty of space and for drivers to pass them slowly.
“I would love to see some road traffic signs with horses on them down there.
"At night, some drivers are doing 80mph down there. The next day you can see where they have done doughnuts on the road.”
Mrs Wood, who is an equine massage therapist, has past footage of the incident onto the police and is advising others to wear a Go Pro.
The British Horse Society has been running its Dead Slow road safety campaign. A total of 315 horses have died and 3,737 incidents were reported to the BHS between March 2010 and 2019.