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£81,500 awarded to man whose horse was killed by a car

Richard Clutterbuck on Linford
Image caption Richard Clutterbuck's horse, Linford, was killed in the collision

A man who was seriously injured when a car hit his horse has been awarded £81,500 from an insurance settlement.

Richard Clutterbuck's horse Linford died when it was hit by a car overtaking another vehicle which had slowed down to pass him.

Mr Clutterbuck suffered a fractured spine in the collision, which happened in Great Oxendon in August 2010.

"If I hadn't been on top of Linford when the car hit I would have been killed," Mr Clutterbuck said.

He had been riding down Braybrooke Road alongside his wife, Gillian, and her horse Poppy.

'Thrown clear'

"It was a little after 8am and a lovely start to the day," Mr Clutterbuck said. "I noticed a car coming towards us on the opposite side of the road, and it started to slow down.

"Unfortunately, there was a car following behind the initial car whose driver was not so patient.

"I knew what was going to happen, and I also knew that the only thing I could do was to stay on Linford and keep him calm."

Mr Clutterbuck said he was thrown over the car when Linford, who was "killed instantly", was hit.

"The car was driving so fast that I was thrown clear in the accident," Mr Clutterbuck said. "Linford certainly saved my life."

He was airlifted to hospital where surgeons injected cement through pinholes in his back to help save him from paralysis.

Mrs Clutterbuck injured her knee.

Mr Clutterbuck's lawyer, Rachel Rogers, said the driver had admitted liability for the crash.

"This was an extremely serious accident which could easily have been avoided," Ms Rogers said.

"Mr Clutterbuck's day-to-day life has been affected as a consequence of this accident."