I found this photo sequence on the medequestrian.co.uk site. The horse/rider were not seriously injured. The camera-work was done by Harry McMillian at www.peak-photo.co.uk.
Who can say why things went so far south and the horse opted to go UNDER? But it looks like the rider reacted quickly to save her a$$.
|The rider is so balanced in this moment!|
|The log is right at the height of her head. The angle of the horse's back and hocks is scary -- that is a lot of angle.|
|There may not have been time to "bail" but what a gutsy move to try to stay on and go under!|
|Off she goes.|
|The horse looks okay but look at the straightness of his hocks and toe angle. That step down must have hurt!|
|Aftermath. Think the frangible pin is breaking.|
|Log coming down. Another awful moment, and you can't even see the rider!|
|I wonder how heavy the log is...|
|The other side...|
|Finally see the rider's boot.|
|Now I'm wondering if the rider did hit the log. Her head is left, legs are right.|
|Don't like the hunched look in back.|