A young girl’s life has been thrust into a life-threatening condition after she took a serious fall off a horse while horseback riding. The twelve-year-old child was riding at the Sal Taylor Creek Preserve which is located in Jacksonville, Florida. The accident occurred around 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 22.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, the young rider was not wearing a riding helmet or any safety head gear. On top of that, the horse was not outfitted with a saddle. Apparently, the horse turned quickly and, when it did, the young rider slipped off its back. As she fell, she struck her head on a tree, causing a serious head injury.
The girl was rushed by air to UF Health Jacksonville directly from the preserve.
At the time of the accident, the 12-year-old was under adult supervision.
The serious injury might have been avoided if the child was wearing a riding helmet and if the horse was wearing a saddle equipped with stirrups.
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