Woman thrown from horse after dog attack

PUBLISHED: 10:37 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 31 May 2010

Lindsey Rusack with her horse

Lindsey Rusack with her horse

A TERRIFIED woman, who was thrown onto a busy road when a vicious dog attacked her horse, has been left badly bruised. Experienced rider Lindsay Rusack, 45, was making her way across the fields from her home in Wendens Ambo to the stables at Sparrows End,

A TERRIFIED woman, who was thrown onto a busy road when a vicious dog attacked her horse, has been left badly bruised.

Experienced rider Lindsay Rusack, 45, was making her way across the fields from her home in Wendens Ambo to the stables at Sparrows End, Newport, when her horse was set upon by an off-the-lead Staffordshire bull terrier.

Mrs Rusack said: "It was a terrifying experience and I was screaming at the dog's owner to try and get it under control.

"My horse was panicking and leaping closer and closer to the busy road. I hit the ground hard and I'm very bruised and sore, but it could have been a lot more serious."

A member of the Saffron Walden and District Riding Club, Mrs Rusack regularly competes in dressage and show jumping events, but has been left shaken by the incident that happened just after 6pm last Wednesday (May 14).

Husband Andrew Rusack said: "We need to make dog owners more aware of people on horseback - there could have been horrific consequences.

"The dog was out of control and biting Lindsay's horse on the legs. The horse was bucking and rearing and eventually jumped from the field onto the busy main road.

"She was thrown from her horse and has painful bruising to her leg, arm and side, but luckily she missed the oncoming traffic."

Lindsay was riding a large, 16-hand horse trained for dressage events called Stambrooke Pantomime, who suffered bite wounds to his legs from the attack by the dog.

After Lindsay was thrown from the saddle the horse bolted up the London Road (B1383) still being pursued by the Staffordshire bull terrier.

"A number of cars stopped to help me," said Mrs Rusack. "I was given a lift back to the stables, where I had come from, and fortunately the horse had made his way back home."

Mr Rusack said: "When I found her she was in a real state. It will be quite a while before she can get back on a horse.

"Once the man had got control of the dog he ran off without even saying sorry. We called the police and hopefully they can track him down.

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