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Woman thrown from horse and into tree on woodland trek

The victim was seriously injured after her horse became spooked by a dog chasing it.

Injured: The rider was thrown from her horse in Gore Glen.
Injured: The rider was thrown from her horse in Gore Glen. Geograph

A woman has been seriously injured after being thrown from her horse and into a tree in Midlothian.

Two horse-riders were approached by a dog while on a woodland trek in Gore Glen, Gorebridge, at around 1.30pm on Thursday.

It ran towards the horses, causing them to bolt. One of the riders was then thrown from her horse into a tree.

She was seriously injured and was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where she is still receiving treatment.

Enquiries are ongoing to trace the dog's owner and anyone with information is asked to come forward.

The dog walker is described as a white female, about 40, 5ft 6in, of slim build and with long pink or red hair.

Her dog is described as being white and possibly a greyhound.

Sergeant Stuart Aitchison said: "The horses have been distressed by the dog who continued to chase one of the horses after the rider was dismounted.

"The rider sustained serious leg, pelvic and internal injuries. Both horses were returned to their stables without any visible injuries and we are eager to trace owner of the dog.

"I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who recognises the description of the suspect and her dog, to contact police immediately."

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