Tricia Phillips’ horse began shooting down a runway in a blind panic near Thirsk, North Yorkshire after being startled by balloons taking off nearby
(Image: Tricia Phillips/MEN Media)
A Yorkshire rider was left with multiple broken ribs and partially collapsed lungs after a handful of “memorial balloons” scared her horse into cantering down a runway.
Tricia Phillips was out on March 24th when the balloons endangered her life and that of her horse. Yorkshire Live Reports.
Her Andalusian capoté began cantering down a runway at an airbase near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, in blind panic after being distracted by the balloons and Ms Phillips said she had no choice but to jump off him .
She said: “She was going so fast, I thought if he hits the concrete on the runway, I’ll either hit the concrete straight and have serious injuries, he’ll fall and break his leg, and then that’s it End of him or he will fall upon me and kill me instantly.
Tricia Phillips/MEN Media)
“The only option I had was to get out, so I had to jump off him. It was the only way to stop him – it was the least bad option.”
The fall caused seven broken ribs, multiple fractures, and partially collapsed lungs.
Tricia said when she hit the ground she could hardly breathe.
The 51-year-old said: “I thought I was going to lose all my skin, I couldn’t breathe. I landed and didn’t bounce and where I landed I lay.
“I just couldn’t move, my friend called the ambulance and they took me to the hospital where I stayed for six days.”
Tricia was fortunate not to escape any permanent damage but said balloon clearances are a massive issue that needs to be addressed, especially now that a new crematorium is set to open nearby.
Tricia added: “It’s a real problem for anyone living in the countryside.
“People release balloons and think it’s a fantastic thing to do in memory of someone.
“You look at her for ten seconds and then you don’t even think twice about it.
“But these balloons end up in fields and get caught in trees.
“Animals just eat them, birds get caught in them when they land in trees, and then they basically starve to death.”
As the issues of balloons and plastic pollution have received extensive media coverage over the years, people who don’t listen to the concerns feel “upset”.
The former teacher and animal lover said a better alternative would be to plant a tree in memory of a loved one.
She said: “Aside from the fact that you’re basically throwing giant pieces of plastic out into the landscape, I don’t know where these people think the balloons are going to go? Lanterns are just as evil.”
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Tricia, who runs a small farm and rents luxury holiday homes and shepherd’s cabins through her Morndyke business, was scheduled to enter a competition before the accident.
While she is devastated that four years of hard work and preparation has come to an end, Tricia said she is incredibly grateful that Capoté sustained no injuries in the accident.
She said: “He’s my life, he’s my soulmate, he’s everything to me.
“The fact that I was injured is irrelevant, if something had happened to my horse I would not have been able to live with myself.”
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