A MOTHER has spoken of her fears after being knocked over and trampled on by a horse.
Dawn Barrett narrowly avoided serious injury when her two horses, Melody and Google, were spooked while at the Mynydd Delyn Horse Show near Caerwys.
Melody knocked 40-year-old Mrs Barrett to the floor before Google, who is a big horse at 17 hands, stood on her.
When paramedics first tended to her the extent of her injuries were unknown, but she escaped with only a suspected fractured foot as well as cuts and bruises at the event on June 1.
Mrs Barrett, who had attended the event with her 18-year-old daughter Amy, said: “I have had a lucky escape. I am so lucky to come away with a suspected fracture.
“I was extremely lucky, because of the way it landed it was only centimetres away from standing on my head, so I am extremely lucky he landed where he did. He stood on my left foot and then started going on top of me so I fell sideways into the recovery position and he stood on the side of my right thigh and against my right elbow.”
The event was the first time Mrs Barrett’s daughter had competed at a horse show for several years.
Amy had shown both horses in the ring and, along with Mrs Barrett’s husband Darren, the family were standing away from the main area with the horses when the incident happened.
Another horse ran into Melody, which knocked both Mrs Barrett and Google, who then trampled on her.
Mrs Barrett said: “They did think I had a broken leg and a broken elbow.
“It was really scary when the ambulance men came and said I needed to go to hospitals because they couldn’t say if it was just bruising or if there was more under the surface.
“It was just a freak accident.”
But despite the frightening experience, the family said they would not be put off by the incident, and will be back in the saddle at the next show.
Mrs Barrett, from Dobshill, said the help and support from bystanders and organisers at the event had been “fantastic”.
She said: “My daughter managed to grab the horses and quite a few people at the show had spotted what
happened and came flying over and helped out.
“I have been overwhelmed by the messages I have had from people.”
She reserved special thanks for Louise Hamilton, Vicky Tilston and Natalie Guest, who she said were fantastic in the aftermath of the incident.