A girl has been taken to hospital after falling from a horse that then rolled over her at Duffys Forest.

Just before 9.00am yesterday morning (Saturday, 23 March), NSW Ambulance was called to a report of an equestrian injury at a private property at Bibbenluke Avenue, Duffys Forest.

The semirural property contains an equestrian facility that can be configured as a horse jump or dressage arena. Intensive Care Paramedics were told a 13-year-old female had fallen around 2-3m from a horse, that had then fallen on top of her and rolled over her.

An additional NSW Ambulance crew and NSW Ambulance Inspector Karen Nichols also attended the scene to assist with the girl’s treatment. The young rider had suffered a traumatic shoulder dislocation, with a suspicion of a possible fracture.

The girl was experiencing significant pain, which paramedics treated, while a specialised Extended Care Paramedic with specific experience in dealing with traumatic shoulder dislocations was called in from St Ives Ambulance Station.

There was also concern the girl may have suffered possible internal injuries from the horse rolling over her, as she also complained of abdominal pain. Paramedics stabilised her condition at the scene before placing her into a NSW Ambulance and taking her to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick just before 10.00am.

This is the second time in four days that emergency services have responded to an incident involving a horse rider on the Northern Beaches. Last week (Wednesday, 20 March), a 48-year-old woman was thrown from her horse and injured whilst riding on the Perimeter Trail near Booralie Road, Terrey Hills.

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