A WALKER has told of the moment she suffered horrific facial injuries after being kicked by a racehorse while on a stroll in Euxton.
Mum-of-four Tess Craven was out for an early evening stroll with her dog and her husband through a field behind their house when the horse attacked.
The 49-year-old suffered extensive injuries to her face and arm. She was airlifted to hospital where she underwent reconstructive surgery on her face.
The land, on Gleadhill Stud Farm, is owned by Chorley business tycoon Trevor Hemmings, who keeps racehorses at the site.
Mrs Craven, who is now recovering at home, said: “My husband thought I was dead.”
She added: “My eye socket was broken and all the bones in front of my brain came away.
“I have a scar under my eye where they had to put a plate in after the muscles under my eye fell down.
“I have other scars from the horse’s hoof.
“I also have lots of pins and plates in my arm that will be there for life.”
Kathryn Revitt, a director of the stud farm, confirmed the site is part of Mr Hemmings’ group of businesses.
She said: “No one from our organisation actually witnessed what happened and we were advised of this only at least one full day after.
“We understand the incident happened adjacent to the public footpath.
“An incident happened. We have had horses on this field for in excess of 30 years and we have never had any incidents before.
She added that the stud farm had not contacted Mrs Craven because it understood she wanted to be left undisturbed during her recovery.