This is a story that presents how dangerous horse writing really can be. It’s sad that so many people out there in the public who have no horse writing experience think that horse writing is an easy thing and a very leisurely thing to do. But the truth is often much more complex. In Britain a TV presenter named Lorraine Kelly was trampled by a horse in 2012. She knows that she was quite lucky by not dying but at the same time she is still living with many of the scars. Lorraine had no horse writing experience at all when she agreed to try and ride one for a charity event. She said that she’s very nervous about it but she thought she would be okay if she took some horse riding lessons before hand. The first time she tried everything was okay but during the second lesson things took a turn for the worse. The writing instructor suggested that she tried to attempt a small jump. This is when Lorraine’s nerves got the best of her and when she tried to attempt it the horse stopped right in front of the jump. Of course gravity takes over and Lorraine fell off the horse and then the horse reared above are. The forces front hooves crashed down on her leg. She lay there in shock. But she remembered seeing blood pouring from her injury. She received painkillers and some oxygen and she was rushed to a local hospital. Of course the paramedics were also afraid that she had damaged her back. She laid on a stretcher saying to her friend “I don’t think I will be at work tomorrow, do you?”
She’d never taken a day off of work in her life but this was the start of eight long weeks off. She had surgery on her leg that lasted more than four hours. The doctors told her that she was lucky to be alive because then dream just barely missed the main artery in her leg. She had to have blood transfusions during the operation. She lost almost 3 pints of blood. There was quite a lot of nerve damage. And she also had quite a lot of muscle damage as well. But the surgeons were skillful and they managed to repair the injury and stitch it all up. The wound so disgusted her that she couldn’t even look at it when the nurses came to clean it. She had to look away. She had more than 300 stitches. Anybody who has been seriously injured knows that one of the most difficult things to get used to is being so dependent on other people’s help. Cannot go to the bathroom by yourself. It’s difficult to take a shower and clean yourself. This dependency can have a large psychological effect. After time her leg healed well enough. But she had been taking strong painkillers. And without noticing it should become slightly addicted. Weaning her off these painkillers became a very tough job. Then later came a family outing where everyone was gathered around the swimming pool and she felt super self-conscious about other people seeing her in the pool with her bathing suit on because of the scars.
The story highlights the danger situation that occurs whenever someone gets on a horse. You really have to have your wits about you and you have to teach beginners very slowly how to write horses. Hindsight is 20/20 but most people would agree that after the second horse riding lesson she should never of attempted a small jump. She simply was not comfortable on the horse.