Fallen rider recovering

A TEENAGER hurled off her horse after it bolted is still recovering in hospital.

The 16-year-old was airlifted to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary after the accident in Ellistones Lane near the Freudenberg site in Greetland on Monday at around 5pm.

She suffered a fractured skull and a broken collarbone.

Police said her condition was described as stable and she was expected to be in hospital for the next few days.

The horse is thought to have been startled by a duck.

The animal leapt over a barrier at the side of the road and fell six feet into a stream on the other side.

The young rider was thrown off.

A vet was called but the horse was declared dead at the scene.

People living nearby heard the commotion and alerted the emergency services.

The horse was lifted from the stream using a hydraulic wagon.

Firefighters from Halifax and Illingworth fire stations rescued the girl.

Calderdale Valley Search and Rescue Team were called to help but the girl had been rescued by the time they arrived.

sarah.kelly@halifaxcourier.co.uk