MEMBERS of the horseriding community are at a loss to explain what caused Linda Harding’s Highland pony to bolt.
The pony, Flump, bolted out of a bridlepath into Fleet End Road in Warsash at about 4.15pm on Tuesday where it collided with the rear near-side of a passing blue Vauxhall Corsa.
But those who know Flump say this was completely out of character.
Theresa Powell, of Fleet End Road, knew Mrs Harding through riding, and said: ‘What happened doesn’t fit the picture of that horse and it doesn’t tie in with her experience.
‘Something happened to set the horse off, but what it was is a mystery.
‘She must have been along that path literally thousands of times and she was very sensible.
‘For the horse to have come up there at that speed would have taken a massive effort in itself.’
Friend Lesley Carter added: ‘Lindy was a very experienced rider, but that path can be quite spooky, and you do get deer and people running through it.’
Although an ambulance and paramedics attended the accident Mrs Harding was declared dead at the scene.
Flump ran from the scene, but was recaptured and examined by a vet. He sustained only minor injuries and was returned to the stables.
The Corsa was left badly damaged by the impact, but the driver, a 53-year-old woman from Locks Heath, was uninjured.
No-one has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Police are appealing for anyone with information regarding the collision to call PC James Chapman of Fratton roads policing unit on 101, quoting Operation Celesta.