Horses Cause Injury to Walker in Little Neston
|Published: 8th September 2020 14:56|
A group of ramblers were charged at by several horses in a field between Little Neston and Parkgate today.
The walkers were using a well-worn public footpath through an area known locally as Old Quay fields, according to resident Anthony Annakin-Smith who called AboutMyArea to express his concern.
One of the walkers appears to have sustained significant injuries during the incident, which took place around 1.30pm on Tuesday 8th September. The ambulance service had to be called and police have been informed.
Mr Annakin-Smith said: "It is clearly not acceptable for walkers using a public footpath to be exposed to this level of danger. Of the group of ramblers, most managed to jump out of the way but one man was struck. They commented to me that one of them could easily have been killed. While the man was on the ground they feared he might be trampled and struggled to keep the horses away.
"While I was there some other walkers came by and said that three weeks ago they had also been charged by these horses (about five of them). Like other walkers I know, I have experienced unwanted interest from them in the past but have not been charged or attacked.
"The horses have free rein to wander over several fields, unseparated from walkers who can use various paths there.
"The owner/s of the horses must take responsibility for the safety of people using this path. From what I saw, the walker who was injured was lying on the ground for a considerable time, awaiting an ambulance to attend.
"I have informed the police and will also contact the local footpaths officer, in the hope that steps can be taken to ensure something like this does not happen again.
"As people may know I'm author of ‘Wirral Walks' and two of my routes run through those fields, so I have a particular interest in knowing they are safe. As it happens I was out reccy-ing for a new edition!"
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, or if the owners of the horses wish to address the concerns raised, please leave your comments or contact Cheshire Police on 101, or via their website here.
Sandstone Stile at Old Quay, photo by Mike Harris