The two-year-old was walking along a public footpath connecting Dark Lane and The Chase in Thundersley with his mother when the horse took exception to their arrival.
As they got to the part of the path close to Thundersley Primary School, the horse leant over the fence and grabbed him by the neck.
The boy had to go to hospital for treatment for the bite and muscle injuries from being flung over.
He was lucky. A horse bite is pretty dangerous. And they weren’t trespassing in the field, but legitimately on the footpath.
She now wants to raise awareness so that other people are aware of the horse – and hopes that the horse’s owner will be encouraged to better secure the fence so that other people are not at risk.
Why does she have to ‘hope’ this? What are the authorities for? They’d swoop soon enough if a cafe owner were to put out a sign with sharp edges. And you can’t move for warning signs on most high streets.
“I contacted the police who advised that it isn’t a crime and would not investigate so I am going down alternative avenues to see if I am able to make sure that adequate fencing is put in place and preferably before the children go back to school and start using that footpath daily.”
Good grief! So your animal can injure someone and it’s not a concern of the police?
Conservative Castle Point councillor Beverley Egan, who has been in contact with the mum, said there had been previous reports of people being attacked on social media and she was in contact with her to offer support and advice.
She added: “I believe we are doing as much as we can do, bearing in mind that the council is slow sometimes to get into action and fulfill the duties it may have.”
You’re not kidding! Rather makes me wonder if this horse belongs to a ‘protected class’…