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15 July, 2021

HORSE HEADBUTTS MAN

A HEADSTRONG horse got the better of his handler, headbutting and sending him flying into the side of a truck. The handler was flown to Mackay Base Hospital by the RACQ CQ Rescue chopper, which was deployed, to collect the injured man from Kemmis Creek, about 200kms west of Mackay, by Mackay Hospital and Health Service.


A HEADSTRONG horse got the better of his handler, headbutting and sending him flying into the side of a truck.

The handler was flown to Mackay Base Hospital by the RACQ CQ Rescue chopper, which was deployed, to collect the injured man from Kemmis Creek, about 200kms west of Mackay, by Mackay Hospital and Health Service.

The chopper landed at the scene about 11am Monday after being deployed by Queensland Health and the crew landed back at the hospital in Mackay within 90 mins.

The man was taken to hospital in a stable condition with a serious concussion, however he was not admitted and was able to be discharged later that night.

The horse was understood to have been spooked, as the handler, an 18-year-old man, was loading horses onto a truck. The man was headbutted by the horse and then he also hit his head on the side of the truck being loaded.

Horse handling experts from throughout the region said while these incidents were not common, it was not unexpected for a horse to become spooked when being loaded into a float or truck.

Focused Equine trainer Nicole Wirth, who has been training horses in Mackay for the past six years said that horses can feel trap when being loaded on to floats.

“Methods to loading horses onto floats are quite complex,” Ms Wirth said.

“There is not one thing or another anyone could do.”

Ms Wirth said a trainer or handler had to firstly gain the horse’s trust and establish personal space between themselves and the horse, so the horse understood there was a boundary.

“The horse will then understand that butting into them is not an option,” she said.


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