Man airlifted to hospital after East Devon Hunt

PUBLISHED: 15:24 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 08:34 18 June 2010

A RIDER with East Devon Hunt was flown to hospital last weekend after his horse fell and crushed his foot. Mike Hext, owner of the Kings Arms, was taking part in the annual Otterton meet on Saturday when his horse fell on Peak Hill at around 3pm. He was f

A RIDER with East Devon Hunt was flown to hospital last weekend after his horse fell and crushed his foot.

Mike Hext, owner of the Kings Arms, was taking part in the annual Otterton meet on Saturday when his horse fell on Peak Hill at around 3pm.

He was flown to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by Devon Air Ambulance because the land crew could not reach the hilly area.

Although his foot is badly bruised he did not break any bones.

Mr Hext, speaking on Tuesday, said: "My horse jumped a jump but caught the top of it, fell over and crushed my foot.

"I was taken to hospital and had to stay overnight for observation. I've been unable to move my toes for the past two days.

"They can't tell if there is any severe ligaments damage yet because of the swelling but I have a hospital appointment next week."

Mr Hext added that his horse, Harold, is also fine and only had "superficial" injuries.

Crowds gathered at the village pub to witness the annual meet and riders and supporters enjoyed a supper there that evening.

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