‘I couldn’t breathe and started to spit blood’ - Albany jockey thought she’d die after fall

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
VideoA Perth jockey who was stomped on by her horse has opened up about the terrifying incident, saying she remembers everything that happened to her.

Coughing up blood and with crushed ribs and lungs, Albany jockey Natasha Faithfull feared she would not survive the horrific fall from a horse on Middleton Beach.

The animal fell on top of her after being spooked during a beach workout.

“I was struggling to breathe and was coughing up a lot of blood,” Faithfull said.

As she drifted in and out of consciousness, track rider Tamara Playle came to her aid, moving her on to her side so she did not choke to death on her blood.

VideoNatasha Faithfull is in a stable condition after she was critically injured in a fall during track work in Albany

“I do remember it all pretty vividly,” Faithfull said. “We were walking along and next minute I had fallen on the ground with a horse on top of me.

“I definitely thought I’m in serious trouble when the horse did get off me, just lying there I knew I was pretty messed up.

“There was a lot of blood coming up and I owe so much to Tamara. She rushed down straight away and turned me on my side.

“If I was there by myself I would have suffocated or drowned in my own blood.”

Recovering at her home in Belmont after the fall about two weeks ago , the 25-year-old hoop says she is just grateful that her injuries will heal.

“I’m feeling pretty good, but I am lucky because everything is going to heal,” she said.

“A lot of (bad horse falls) riders don’t ever get back.”

Injured jockey Natasha Faithfull with her partner Padraig O’Mahony.
Camera IconInjured jockey Natasha Faithfull with her partner Padraig O’Mahony. Credit: Nic Ellis

With injuries including multiple bone fractures, collapsed lungs and a lacerated liver, most people would consider a career change but for the determined Faithfull that is not the case.

“I can’t give an exact time frame but I’ll be back,” she said. “I don’t see this like some. I could have walked across the road and been hit by a car and have the same thing happen.

“I love riding and it’s what I do; I’m already bored sitting at home. We share a dog-horse beach down in Albany and I just hope this can be a bit of an eye opener to everyone.

“As horse riders we respect others and all we ask is people give us that back. These are highly strung racehorses that are dangerous to ride and the smallest thing can be enough to set them off.”

Natasha Faithfull is on the path to recovery.
Camera IconNatasha Faithfull is on the path to recovery. Credit: Nic Ellis

An abandoned bike left on the narrow beach path back to the carpark was the cause of Faithfull’s accident.

She will return home to Albany next week to spend time with her mother Samantha, who is a horse trainer.

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