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.