04-10-2012, 08:03 AM
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That sounds horrible. I will be praying for him as well.
Last year I was in the UK and had the opportunity to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show. One jumping class, which was packed with spectators, was of military and other service teams who competed in front of the royal family (the queen, Prince Philip etc). You would imagine these horses, because of their military service, were used to crowds, noises etc. During the opening parade as one team was on their way out...one of the horses began spooking...badly.
The rider desperately tried to keep to keep his mount under control. He started to fall but was able to regain his balance. The crowd gasped, then cheered. And the horse, in response, went up and over, landing on the rider.
I don't know what ended up happening to the rider but they took him away in an ambulance. It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed and happened to happen right in front of where I was sitting. I had to explain to my non-horsey colleagues the seriousness of the situation but they could clearly see that 1300lbs of horse landing on someone was not good.
I do very much hope the rider in NC is ok.