Mayor Lindsay Millar vows to get back in saddle after fall from horse halts duties
A Northern Ireland mayor has been left unable to carry out engagements this week after falling from a horse.
Councillor Lindsay Millar, the Ulster Unionist first citizen of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, escaped serious injury in the accident on Sunday.
It was initially feared she may have broken her back, but doctors later diagnosed minor concussion and bruising.
She landed badly after the horse she was riding was startled and galloped off.
Ms Millar fell against a pole, hitting her head.
The councillor told the Belfast Telegraph she is hoping to quickly return to her mayoral duties, as well as getting back in the saddle as horse riding is her favourite hobby.
Ms Millar said: "I have been horse riding for three years now and I absolutely love it, it is my escape. I took horse riding up as a way of getting over my fear of horses and it worked.
"Even though I had this fall, I can't wait to get back."
Ms Millar admitted she was disappointed to cancel some engagements in recent days.
"This has been a very frustrating few days for me because I missed so many of my duties as mayor," she said.
Explaining how the accident happened, she added: "I was on a horse at the riding school I go to, but it got spooked by a tractor and just took off galloping and I came off badly.
"I fell and landed on a pole and hurt my back and my head, but I have to say the people at the riding school were incredible and looked after me really well.
"I went to the Mater hospital (in Belfast) and was seen within two minutes.
"I was worried about my head, but the hospital were concerned I had broken my back. As it turned out I had a minor concussion and a very bruised behind."
Ms Millar added: "They say you're not a good rider until you fall 100 times, so I have another 99 to go.
"I was unlucky but I can't wait to get back in the saddle.
"I am really looking forward to getting back to my mayoral duties too and I was so disappointed to miss so many of my engagements this week."