Plea to re­port roam­ing horses

Uxbridge Gazette - - OPINION -

I WOULD like to bring to at­ten­tion an in­ci­dent that oc­cured to me and a friend on Sun­day De­cem­ber 4 this year.

We were walk­ing from West Dray­ton to Har­mondsworth Vil­lage on the pub­lic foot­path when we saw in front of us six horses on the foot­path. They were stand­ing still and look­ing at horses in the field. Mak­ing no sound, we de­cided to take a wide berth around them. Just as we passed them and for no rea­son, one of the horses sud­denly gal­loped to­wards me and head butted me at full speed, send­ing me crash­ing to the ground.

Luck­ily he did not kick me or stamp on me.

I man­anged to get up and my friend and I made our way to the vil­lage, where an am­bu­lance was called, to­gether with the police, and I was taken to hos­pi­tal.

I have a sus­pected frac­tured rib, a frac­tured thumb and lots of bruises.

My con­cern is that walk­ing this foot­path through the sum­mer and au­tumn we saw many fam­i­lies with chil­dren and dogs and their older own­ers, and if this had hap­pened to a child the out­come could have been tragic.

If peo­ple see these un­su­per­vised ne­glected horses roam­ing on Har­mondsworth Moor, please re­port this im­me­di­ately to the police or RSPCA so that this does not hap­pen again.

NAME AND AD­DRESS WITHELD

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