Rider killed in Ashville, NC
I don't have a lot of info but while watching the news last night it was reported that a woman who had finished a Hunter's Pace was loading two horses in her trailer and was trampled to death on Sunday.
Anyone have any additional information?
Wow, thats horrible.
This is what I could find. It was a race that took place on the biltmore estate WLOS ABC 13 News :: Top Stories - Rider Killed On Biltmore Estate Identified
Scary! Things can go wrong just so fast... My prayers to her family!
How scary... I had a friend get hurt in a trailer. He was loading his gelding and the rope got wrapped around his hand - it was a nylon rope, and the horse pulled back frantically and took the skin off of my friend's finger down to the bone.
I hope the day this woman had was a good one. At least she passed doing something she loved. =/
Here's the link: Accident on Biltmore Estate in Asheville claims equestrian's life | The Asheville Citizen-Times | citizen-times.com
This is too sad. This type of thing can happen so fast, and in a trailer there's just nowhere to go if you get caught between the horse and the trailer wall. About 3 weeks ago I was loading my 32 year old QH into our slant load, because he was colicking and I was trying to see if a trailer ride would get things moving. I was leading him with my left hand, which was healing up from a broken arm and weaker than my right arm. He got his head turned toward the rear of the trailer and decided to leave NOW instead of backing out, and I wasn't strong enough to turn his head back to the front. He wedged me between his shoulder and the hinge of the divider and folded my shoulders toward the center of my chest. I honestly thought I was going to die there because we were stuck, and I didn't know the human body could bend that much without breaking. He finallly pushed through and I went to get x-rays. Nothing broken, but the rib cage cartilage was strained/torn. What a close call. DH says I'm never to load a horse in a trailer again by myself...yeah, right.
Prayers to the lady's family; this has to be so hard on them, and for the friend who was with her at the time. A real tragedy.
They euthanized the horse as well..
I was reading comments from readers of one of the news articles who couldn't believe that they euthanized the horse for spooking and 'accidentally' trampling her. (Neither could I believe it.) But in reading another article, it seems that the horse had a kicking problem already and had kicked her when she was in the trailer, and kept kicking her.
From what I understand this womans horses were her life and she would not have wanted the horse put down so I am not sure why they did.
I think it was an impulsive decision made by loved ones who were wanting to make closure on the situation.
Then again if you consider the alternatives - the horse was owned by someone who is now deceased. Loved ones would now have either take in the horse themselves (unlikely... it's like keeping the gun someone used to murder a friend of yours) or sell it. How on earth do you expect to sell a horse that has a history of trampling someone to death?
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