Witness appeal after horse is spooked by loose dog knocking off rider
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Officers in Stroud are warning of the dangers of loose dogs approaching animals after a horse was spooked injuring its rider.
It was reported that a woman was riding her horse across Bear Hill in Rodborough at around 11.45am on Saturday 24 June when an Alsatian type dog ran up to the horse in what was described as an aggressive manner.
This spooked the horse, which caused it to run away and the rider fell off in the process.
The rider sustained minor injuries and the horse was later found more than a mile away, also with minor injuries.
PC Melanie Campbell said: "This incident is a reminder to all dog owners to keep their dogs under control, especially around horses, whether out on a hack or in a field.
"This incident could have had a different outcome for both the rider and the horse and it's lucky they weren't seriously injured."
Anyone who witnessed what happened or knows the owner of the dog is asked to come forward.