A woman who was injured by a horse near Chilliwack and managed to call 911 herself while suffering from a head injury and a broken arm is now recovering at home.
“It was a freak accident and it could have happened to anyone. I’m in no way mad or mad at the horse. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time – the horse didn’t want not hurt me,” the woman, who asked not to be named, said in an email to Chilliwack’s Progress Wednesday (May 24).
Emergency crews were called to the rural area of Frost Road sometime before 1pm on Tuesday May 23 where the incident took place. The report was first presented as an “animal attack”, but it was later reported that someone had been hit by a horse and was lying in a field.
The woman was in the field grooming horses and as she walked to the next horse she said she turned her head and suddenly saw a horse’s chest.
“The next thing I knew I was sitting almost cross-legged on the floor. At first I thought I had just dislocated my arm because I could move my fingers, but my arm was numb,” she said. “I tried to stand and the pain in my arm was too bad to even consider moving.
She also had a cut on the side of her head. The horses walked around acting worried and keeping their distance, she added.
“Despite the pain, I managed to call 911 and they called the rancher and my wife…I was not within earshot as they did not hear me intentionally screaming for help. .”
She was coherent and able to talk to everyone and answer questions.
“I had warned them from the start that to move me in any way, I would have to be heavily drugged.”
The Columbia Valley Fire Department, BC Ambulance Service and RCMP were all called to the scene. She was airlifted to Royal Columbian Hospital.
“I broke my arm right at the shoulder joint from landing so hard on the floor,” she said.
She was discharged from hospital later the same day and is now recovering at home.
The woman added that she loved the horse. She doesn’t blame him, she’s not afraid of him, and she can’t wait to groom him again one day.
“I grew up working with and training horses, including horses that have been traumatized by people in their past. I’ve been trampled, charged, rolled over even dragged down a mountain and it’s the worst and only major breakup I’ve ever had,” she said. “I count myself lucky this time but I won’t let it stop me from doing what I love. It’s just another battle wound in my books for the price you pay when dealing with animals that are much bigger than you.
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