Description: A teenage girl is counting her blessings after being kicked in the face by her horse – yet escaped with just a cut above her eye.
Rosie Morton is ‘lucky to be alive’, doctors say, after she fell while showjumping and was clattered in the head as she lay on the ground.
The 18-year-old was brutally kicked by her horse Luke, in an incident caught on camera by a friend.
Miss Morton slipped to the floor as her Arab cross refused a jump – and the disoriented horse kicked out with his back leg, catching her in the face, as she fell.
While she needed stitches to the cut above her eye, her riding helmet may have helped protect her from much more severe injuries.
She said: ‘I didn’t really know what had happened at first, I just saw blood trickling down my face and my head was really, really sore.
I’m so lucky to have escape with a cut to my head – once my stitches are out, I might need further plastic surgery on the scar, but the doctors are going to wait to see what it looks like.
‘If I hadn’t been wearing my riding hat, I would have been a lot more seriously injured, if not dead.’
She has owned her horse Luke for two years and has cleared him of any blame, adding: ‘Luke very rarely refuses a jump, but on this occasion, I hadn’t given him enough of a run up, and he just couldn’t get over it. It wasn’t his fault.’