A toddler has got back on her horse after a mare kicked her in the FACE – and fractured her SKULL.
Little Daisy Osborne is lucky to be alive after she crawled into a horse’s sandpit at the family stables and received a massive blow to the head that split her face open.
She was airlifted to hospital, received stitches and spent seven days being cared for but the little trooper started riding again – after just a week.
Mum Georgie Gracey-Davison, 21, described the horror of finding her child covered in blood at the stables in Ashurst Wood, West Sussex.
The mum-of-two said: “I was making up some feeds for the horses with her one day and she wandered off. I heard a noise and at first I thought she was just whinging.
“But then I noticed Daisy in the sand school with a horse, so I ran over and saw her head was split open and blood was running down her face.”
“She must have crawled under the fence into the horse sand put think she would be able to feed the horse. She must have touched her back leg and she kicked her.
“It was a complete panic. I thought she was brain damaged or going to die.”
The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance landed at the scene in June and flew Daisy to St George’s Hospital, in Tooting, south London.
Her dad Louis Osborne, a 38-year-old maintenance worker living in Croydon, south London, was working nearby as he saw the helicopter land at Shovelstrode Racing Stables.
Georgie, who lives with Daisy and one-year-old Poppy in East Grinstead, West Sussex, said: “She was in hospital for a week and was back on the horse a week after that.
“You never think this sort of thing will happen to you or your family.”
“Daisy is certainly a lot more careful around the horses now, but she still loves them. We all do.”
Daisy, now two, has a large scar on her forehead and may need surgery to reduce her slight squint when she is older but otherwise made a full recovery.