Rider thrown as horses run amok

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The grey was one of three runaway horses which caused havoc at around 10 o’clock this morning as they charged along roads in St Saviour and into town.

It is thought that at least one of the horses threw its rider as it bolted.An eye-witness who saw one of the horses at Five Oaks, said: ‘It was racing.

It was really racing.

Thank God it was going the other way.’A 21-year-old female rider was rushed to the General Hospital with severe head injuries and was this morning undergoing emergency brain scans.

The two other female riders, both in their 20s, were unhurt.The horses, which were stabled at Carolyn Ozanne’s yard at Les Ruettes, St Saviour, were spooked in the lanes behind Longueville Manor Hotel.

Their condition is not yet known, although one is thought to have a broken leg.Caroline Miller was driving along St Martin’s Main Road towards Maufant when two of the horses – a grey and a bay – ran out in front of her from Rue des Pigneaux.’They just charged out in front of me,’ she said.

‘The grey somersaulted in front of me.

It was on the ground, but by the time I had stopped the car and got out, it had cantered off up the road.’She added: ‘It was a dreadful shock.

They came from nowhere.

I have never experienced anything like it before.

It was horrendous.

I didn’t know what to think – my main concern was for the horses.’The horses sparked a police operation to retrieve them.

The three women were riding close to Longueville Manor and were in charge of another three horses when one of them bolted.

The women managed to retrieve three of them quickly, but three charged off.The two which ran out into the road in front of Mrs Miller made their way back to the stables in Les Ruettes.

The third, which suffered a bloody nose, ran towards St Helier and was finally caught close to Safeway supermarket in Vallée des Vaux.Mrs Ozanne, who was busy assessing the condition of the horses, said that she would be unable to comment until later today.

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