Teen shares graphic images of horses buttock slashed open by ‘impatient elderly driver over taking at 40mph’
A teen horse rider has shared graphic images of her horse‘s buttocks sliced open by a ‘speeding and impatient’ car as a warning to drivers to ‘pass wide and slow’.
Seline Damar was out on a hack on Wednesday afternoon (August 16) when she claims a driver ‘in his 70s’ rammed into the back of her horse Spot while whizzing past at 40mph.
The poor horse was left with deep lacerations across its hind legs, which forced Seline to leap off her beloved 12-year-old gelding in a move that ‘could have killed her’.
Shocking images show the car’s wing mirror crushed backwards from the force of the smash, the passenger side window shattered and a deep dent in the bodywork.
However the 19-year-old claims the driver of the silver Nissan blamed her for causing the accident in Woodborough, Notts, despite her wearing reflective gear and the pair walking properly in the road.
Seline, from Carlton, Nottingham, said: “It was horrible – when things like this happen it’s like something has happened to your baby.
“We were out for a hack enjoying the sunshine when it happened. He got lacerations on his hind and blood was gushing down his legs.
“I jumped off straight away – Spot was really good although shaken up.
“He was flaring his nostrils and his eyes were bulging out. You could see he was scared.
“The driver, a man in his 70s, was doing 30-40mph – he wasn’t going slowly at all.
“He just got too close and this happened, he was 100 per cent in the wrong.”
Seline, who has been riding since she was five years old, claims the driver was defensive when he stopped and placed the blame on her.
Seline said: “The driver stopped his car and got out but never once asked if I or the horsewere ok.
“Straight away he started blaming me and said Spot had been spooked out but he was just walking minding his own business. The driver simply got too close.
“His wing mirror was damaged from where he hit us, the passenger window was shattered and there was an obvious dent in the car.”
Seline rang the emergency vet who sedated Spot at the roadside in order to treat the wounds which covered ten inches of his back end.
The equine sports science student at Nottingham Trent University said: “I took all his tack off and brought him treats to try and calm him down, he was really lucky he didn’t get glass into his wounds.
“The vet was with him about half an hour before he was loaded on to a lorry and taken back to the stables.
“He’s doing ok but it’ll take a few weeks before he’s fully healed.
“I’m sharing these pictures and what happened to Spot to educate drivers that don’t have a clue about horses.
“Don’t risk it – it could have been so much worse. If Spot had reacted differently and bolted he could have been very badly injured or worse, and I could have ended up through the car windscreen and been killed.
“People need to be more patient and wait until they can pass wide and slow.”
The British Horse Society (BHS) launched its ‘Dead? Or Dead Slow?’ campaign to encourage drivers to pass horses safely by slowing to 15mph last year.
Director of Safety at BHS Alan Hiscox said: “The British Horse Society are saddened to hear about this latest incident but are pleased to hear that both horse and rider are safe and well.
“Unfortunately incidents between riders and vehicles are common. In response to the alarming number of incidents, the BHS has launched its Dead Slow campaign, calling on drivers to slow down to 15mph when they see a horse, and pass wide and slow.
“The BHS works closely with Government and local authorities, cycling groups and commercial transport firms to educate and change driver behaviour.
“The BHS encourages horse riders to wear hi-vis at all times on the road, even in bright sunlight.”
Nottingham Police confirmed that the incident had been reported to them.
A Nottingham Police spokesman said: “We were called at about 1.50pm on August 16 to a report of a collision between a car and a horse.
“It happened on Bank Hill, Woodborough, no-one suffered any injuries but the horserequired a vet. No arrests have been made.”
WHAT DOES THE HIGHWAY CODE SAY? (Info from www.gov.uk)
Rule 214 Animals.
When passing animals, drive slowly. Give them plenty of room and be ready to stop. Do not scare animals by sounding your horn, revving your engine or accelerating rapidly once you have passed them. Look out for animals being led, driven or ridden on the road and take extra care. Keep your speed down at bends and on narrow country roads. If a road is blocked by a herd of animals, stop and switch off your engine until they have left the road. Watch out for animals on unfenced roads.
Rule 215 Horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles.
Be particularly careful of horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles especially when overtaking. Always pass wide and slowly. Horse riders are often children, so take extra care and remember riders may ride in double file when escorting a young or inexperienced horse or rider. Look out for horse riders’ and horse drivers’ signals and heed a request to slow down or stop. Take great care and treat all horses as a potential hazard; they can be unpredictable, despite the efforts of their rider/driver.