A recent horse related accident reported on Ocala.com reminds us all of how we need to be careful and not take working with horses for granted. 18-year-old University of Florida Student Courtney Mason of Lake Placid Florida has her left hand severed Saturday, August 21, 2010 while leading a horse from a UF Vehicle. The accident occurred at noon at the center, 2655 N.W. 100th St. in Marion County, according to a Marion County Sheriff's Office report.
Marion sheriff's Capt. Eddie Leedy said the woman, identified as Courtney Mason, 18, of Lake Placid, was sitting in the passenger seat of a UF vehicle, holding a rope lead line. The lead line, which was attached to the horse and wrapped around her wrist, was being held out of the window, the report states. The horse became spooked and pulled away from the vehicle, severing her hand from her arm.
The hand was recovered, packed in ice and sent with Mason to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Leedy said Mason was alert and calm when they arrived.
It remains unknown if doctors were able to reattach the hand, Leedy said.