Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Injured horse 'spooked by car' in St John's

A horse has been seriously injured in the Isle of Man after it was spooked by a car travelling at speed in St John's, police said.

Officers are seeking the driver of a blue or green 4x4 vehicle, which failed to stop following the incident near Tynwald Mills at 15:30 BST on Sunday.

The horse slipped and fell, suffering substantial cuts to its face and legs.

The rider, who was not injured, jumped into a hedge to avoid being thrown into the path of the vehicle.

A police spokesman said: "A blue or green 4x4 vehicle came down Glen Mooar Road in the same direction as the horse and rider at such speed that the driver only saw them at the last moment and swerved to avoid hitting them.

"The speed and sound of the brakes spooked the horse, which bolted and slipped on the road. It fell and was nearly hit by the vehicle which failed to stop."

Anyone who saw the incident, or the car or horse rider before it happened, is urged to contact Isle of Man police.