Passers-by save woman who fell from horse

The Air Ambulabce at the scene of the incident in the New Forest

The Air Ambulabce at the scene of the incident in the New Forest

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by

A WOMAN left fighting for her life after falling from a horse was saved by two passers-by who gave her emergency first aid.

The stricken rider, who was knocked unconscious and stopped breathing, owes her life to a nurse and another Good Samaritan who administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as she lay helpless in the road.

She was out hunting with the New Forest Hounds when the accident happened in a remote part of the district.

The rider, understood to be in her thirties and from the Holbury area, was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital, but was discharged a few hours later and is now recovering at home.

Paul Ames, joint master of the New Forest Hounds, said: “Her horse spooked and twisted around on the tarmac, causing her to fall from the saddle. She hit the road very hard.

“But a nurse and someone who was either a retired police officer or firefighter were nearby and gave her emergency first aid – she’s a very lucky girl.”

Paying tribute to the emergency services he added: “The ambulance and air ambulance people were wonderful.

“The ambulance arrived after only five or six minutes, despite the remote nature of the location.”

Graham Ferris, secretary of the New Forest Hounds, said the accident occurred on the Brockenhurst to Burley road on Tuesday.

He added: “The horse jumped a ditch and landed on the road, which apparently resulted in the animal skidding on the tarmac.”

Police say the rider was knocked unconscious in the fall and stopped breathing.

Last night one of her friends said: “Her horse jumped something and slipped on the road, causing her to come off.”

A Lymington police spokesman added: “Basic first aid from local people probably saved her life.”

South Central Ambulance Service said the rider was treated for “potentially serious injuries”.

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7:18am Sat 1 Mar 14

country bird says...

new forest hounds and also this woman, should be ashamed of themselves for carrying on this barbaric 'hunting'.

this is the 21st century and should not still be hunting for sport/pleasure.
new forest hounds and also this woman, should be ashamed of themselves for carrying on this barbaric 'hunting'. this is the 21st century and should not still be hunting for sport/pleasure. country bird
  • Score: -8

7:40am Sat 1 Mar 14

Dusty says...

A woman is fighting for her life and you use it as a platform to slag of this woman. If you knew anything you would know that they do not hunt foxes, as its banned, they hunt a rag with the sent of a fox.
A woman is fighting for her life and you use it as a platform to slag of this woman. If you knew anything you would know that they do not hunt foxes, as its banned, they hunt a rag with the sent of a fox. Dusty
  • Score: 6

7:40am Sat 1 Mar 14

Dusty says...

A woman is fighting for her life and you use it as a platform to slag of this woman. If you knew anything you would know that they do not hunt foxes, as its banned, they hunt a rag with the sent of a fox.
A woman is fighting for her life and you use it as a platform to slag of this woman. If you knew anything you would know that they do not hunt foxes, as its banned, they hunt a rag with the sent of a fox. Dusty
  • Score: -16

10:21am Sat 1 Mar 14

nelson2609 says...

Dusty wrote:
A woman is fighting for her life and you use it as a platform to slag of this woman. If you knew anything you would know that they do not hunt foxes, as its banned, they hunt a rag with the sent of a fox.
Do you seriously think they don't hunt foxes any more? Try asking the Southampton hunt Sabs group. The hunters get protection from the police while the Sabs get verbal and physical abuse from the hunters. Just because it's illegal doesn't stop these evil people carrying on.
[quote][p][bold]Dusty[/bold] wrote: A woman is fighting for her life and you use it as a platform to slag of this woman. If you knew anything you would know that they do not hunt foxes, as its banned, they hunt a rag with the sent of a fox.[/p][/quote]Do you seriously think they don't hunt foxes any more? Try asking the Southampton hunt Sabs group. The hunters get protection from the police while the Sabs get verbal and physical abuse from the hunters. Just because it's illegal doesn't stop these evil people carrying on. nelson2609
  • Score: 4

2:24pm Sat 1 Mar 14

country bird says...

why use a rag with scent of a fox on it in countryside. chances are they will find a real fox and chase and kill.

what about badgers and hares then?

hunting or similar is barbaric. why not just go for a hack on your horse?
why use a rag with scent of a fox on it in countryside. chances are they will find a real fox and chase and kill. what about badgers and hares then? hunting or similar is barbaric. why not just go for a hack on your horse? country bird
  • Score: 8

5:03pm Sat 1 Mar 14

marieb says...

All this bickering from fox lovers, foxes are vermin and kill for pleasure only eating very little of what they kill. I was brought up in the country and saw for myself the terrible carnage they cause, if you could see what they are capable of you may feel differently . And as the poor lady was legally hunting you should hang your heads in shame and thank the lord it was not you or anyone remotely related or known to you not fighting for their life for whatever reason
All this bickering from fox lovers, foxes are vermin and kill for pleasure only eating very little of what they kill. I was brought up in the country and saw for myself the terrible carnage they cause, if you could see what they are capable of you may feel differently . And as the poor lady was legally hunting you should hang your heads in shame and thank the lord it was not you or anyone remotely related or known to you not fighting for their life for whatever reason marieb
  • Score: -5

9:02pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Dusty says...

I dont give a rats **** about fox hunting pros or cons. But a woman is fighting for her life and you lot are bickering on about the wrongs and rights of a fox. Seems that there is irony regarding some of you carrot munching loons. As it shows you dont give a toss about life, but seem to be more concerned over the rights and wrongs of a fox. Pathetic.
I dont give a rats **** about fox hunting pros or cons. But a woman is fighting for her life and you lot are bickering on about the wrongs and rights of a fox. Seems that there is irony regarding some of you carrot munching loons. As it shows you dont give a toss about life, but seem to be more concerned over the rights and wrongs of a fox. Pathetic. Dusty
  • Score: 3

10:36pm Sat 1 Mar 14

country bird says...

I and others naturally care about this lady and genuinely hope she pulls through.

However, she put herself in this position. It was her choice, not her horse or any 'potential' animal that could be hunted for game/sport, wanted all this lot 'potentially ' drowning them out with noise and hunted down to be savaged.

It's the forest and that is where rabbits, foxes, badgers etc live, so why give them the 'scent on a rag' it's obv they will find the real deal for gods sake.

It's not ok to do what they're doing END OF
I and others naturally care about this lady and genuinely hope she pulls through. However, she put herself in this position. It was her choice, not her horse or any 'potential' animal that could be hunted for game/sport, wanted all this lot 'potentially ' drowning them out with noise and hunted down to be savaged. It's the forest and that is where rabbits, foxes, badgers etc live, so why give them the 'scent on a rag' it's obv they will find the real deal for gods sake. It's not ok to do what they're doing END OF country bird
  • Score: 5

10:55pm Sat 1 Mar 14

country bird says...

Yes fox hunting is banned, but not enforced, so they can hunt on private land.
If you goto the new forest hounds we page, they do not mention putting fox scent on a cloth.
They do mention putting tons on foxes to ground.
Do your homework and stop moaning
Yes fox hunting is banned, but not enforced, so they can hunt on private land. If you goto the new forest hounds we page, they do not mention putting fox scent on a cloth. They do mention putting tons on foxes to ground. Do your homework and stop moaning country bird
  • Score: 0

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