Racing trainer fighting for his life horse after horror collision with horse

A renowned race horse trainer is fighting for his life after his beloved horse landed on his head and crushed his throat in a horror accident.

Adrian Grain, 71, was galloping with his favourite thoroughbred last Monday when she stumbled and tripped, causing him to catapult of of his saddle. The specimen, named Leannes Lady, then landed on Grain's head, and the weight of the 500kg animal crushed his throat.

The horrific incident took place at Mark Weatherer's Norton Grange Stables in Malton, North Yorkshire. From there, Grain's was flown by air ambulance to James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough, where he remains in intensive care.

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An update on his health was provided by his close friend Karen Woods who credited the air ambulance for saving Grain's life, as the road health vehicle would've snapped his neck.

Although Grain came off the ventilator, he still remains in intensive care with "tubes all over him," Woods explained to the Racing Post. And his career as a trainer is over as he won't be able to ride again as Woods revealed he'll likely be a 'paraplegic or quadriplegic', but it's too early to say which one.

Detailing what happened, Woods said that it was a freak accident that has perplexed her. But she reckons that the horse "overreached or clipped her heel," which led to Grain's near-fatal injuries.

She said in her interview: "It was a totally freak accident. He always wears a back protector and he had his helmet on but she got him in the place where they meet. They discovered in the operation that his spinal cord is severely twisted at the C4 area, just above where the body protector goes round."

Despite his injuries, Grain's main concern was the horse's safety, and although he was struggling to speak, he made sure everyone knew the horse wasn't to blame, and insisted she was to be looked after before getting in the ambulance.

Grain will need to be looked after when he gets out of hospital due to his life changing injuries, and modifications to bungalow – ranging from wheelchair access – to wider doors will need to be added. And to ensure that the necessary changes are made, his industry friends at Formidable Fillies and Fellows Racing Syndicate have setup a GoFundMe to try to raise £10,000 towards Grain's treatment and after care.

Any extra cash will be sent to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance – as a thank you for saving Grain's life. Woods wrote a touching message on the GoFundMe page stressing the reasons why the cash donations will be imperative for Grain's wellbeing.

She said: "Of course, there are many other things, pieces of equipment etc that he will need and we are hoping with all our hearts that you will help us in providing this for him."

She also revealed that she's been visiting Grain at hospital daily with his life partner of more than 20 years, and thoroughbred trainer Mark Weatherer.


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