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E v Moorwood Equine - Sarah Wright & Emma Melia, Spencers Solicitors

24/11/16. The Claimant ‘E’, aged 35 at the time of the accident, was injured after falling from a horse. E had attended 40-50 riding lessons over a 2 year period but was a still novice rider with little riding confidence. E had never been taught how to gallop.

E and her friend had booked on to a hack; there was no mention of galloping on this hack. This was the third hack that E had been on. E was given a horse to ride that she had never ridden before, and it was a horse was known for being temperamental and forward going. The horse was usually ridden by more experienced riders. E was asked to ride towards the back of the ride which made the horse uneasy and keen to get up to the front with the others. On approach to a small bridle path, the horses in front began to get excited and started to canter. E’s horse followed suit and started to canter then gallop. E was unable to control the horse, lost her balance, was thrown from the horse, and landed on her head.

E was unconscious for several minutes after falling and suffered a head injury. E had balance issues and vertigo which made walking in a straight line almost impossible at first and later was a challenge. E also suffered with sickness, speech problems, blurred vision, tinnitus, concentration problems, anxiety, mental fatigue, headaches etc...

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