Injured rider still in hospital after horse attack in Rotherham

Lindsey Broomhead
Lindsey Broomhead

A South Yorkshire woman left paralysed after yobs pelted her horse with stones is still in hospital 18 months on after the attack.

Lindsey Broomhead, aged 30, from Thurcroft, was riding along a track in Wickersley when her horse, Murphy, reared up in panic after being was struck by the missiles.

Mum-of-two Lindsey was thrown to the ground while the yobs responsible, who have not yet been caught, ran off.

Lindsey suffered a severe brain injury and stroke, leaving her unable to walk or talk.

She is wheelchair bound and uses an iPad to communicate but is hoping to be home for Christmas with her parents and children.

A friend writing on a Facebook page set up to update wellwishers on Lindsey’s progress said: “It has been a hard 18 months for Lindsey and her family.

“Her children are a credit to her and have coped remarkably well with the support of their grandparents.

“Lindsey has really come a very long way. We hope that her body will get stronger and continue with improvements.

“Obviously it’s hard being in hospital still and away from her children for so long but they are all hoping the care package can be put in place in time for Christmas for her to go home.

“My hope is that the boys hear about this and realise what they have done to Lindsey and her family and that other children will learn what can happen and that it’s not funny to try and spook horses as this can be a consequence of their actions.”

Lindsey uses a specialist wheelchair to move around, with the seat able to rise 6ff off the ground, meaning Lindsey will be able to groom her horse when she leaves hospital.

Anyone with information on the yobs who pelted Lindsey’s horse should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 55511.