A boy has told how he was thrown off his pony as a dog gave chase down a busy Leyland road.
Ben Geldard, 12, was riding seven-year-old Brook through Paradise Park in Moss Side last Tuesday, where dogs are allowed off their leads.
But when a rottweiler approached Brook, the pony suddenly darted off along Dunkirk Lane.
The Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College pupil said: “I was just hacking with my friend when my pony was spooked by the dog. I didn’t know what had happened and I fell off. Then I saw the dog chasing her and it kept jumping up. Its owner was shouting its name but it wasn’t responding, and my horse kept kicking out, trying to shoo it away. I had to let go of her and she galloped off.”
The pony was followed along Dunkirk Lane by the dog, and made her way back to her stables at Paul’s Farm, at the end of Dunkirk Lane.
Ben, a member of Longton Riding Club, added: “My friend’s mum saw the horse galloping past - it was on the right hand side of the road. It must have been quite a shock.
“Brook has a few superficial cuts. The vet thinks it’s from the dog bite, but one is a scratch and it looks like she might have fallen in the road.
“Her back left foot has gone through her front leg, so she’s got a couple of stitches there.
“She needs to rest for a few days. And I’ve got a few bruises from the fall, but I’m not hurt badly.”
Ben’s father Martin Geldard said the dog’s owner had been contacted and the matter had been resolved.