Horse Owner Calls For Law Change After Horse’s Leg Goes Through Horsebox Floor
A horse owner is asking for the law to be changed after her horse fell through the floor of her horsebox and was just inches away from a wheel.
Amy Poltinger is calling for the law to be changed so that metal floors in horseboxes are compulsory.
Amy’s horses were in the horsebox being driven by her partner Adam on the 6th March when her six-year-old Irish Draught, Daniel, fell through the floor of the box.
“I was travelling in another horsebox behind but I was told Adam heard a bang and then a second one. A friend looked through the jockey door and it looked like Daniel had gone down. My partner pulled straight over into a car park and a car was flashing and beeping at him. I got a phone call but I had already seen a piece of my lorry lying in the road and pulled in. Daniel’s leg had gone right through the floor and was a few inches away from the wheel.”
The Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident as well as vets from Corner House Equine Clinic and Walnut Hill Equine Veterinary Clinic.
“The vets and fire service were there very quickly. The other horses were removed from the box and Daniel was sedated to make sure he didn’t struggle. A second specialist unit animal rescue arrived from Bromyard fire station and they made a plan to get him out. The sides and roof of the lorry were cut off and hoisting equipment was used to lift him out. A local farmer came and helped with lifting him out with a tele-handler and Daniel was put on to a board and slid into a trailer.”
Luckily Daniel has now returned from the hospital and is continuing to recover at home
“It was worrying because we couldn’t fully assess the damage he had done while he was in the box, we had to get him out. It took some time for him to come round at the hospital and he was very wobbly but he escaped with cuts and bruises. He’s home and he’s doing well,” said Amy.
Amy has always looked after the horsebox and even had the floor replaced just a few months back. She is now urging for all lorries to have metal flooring to prevent hazards like this.