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Isle of Wight pony dies after slipping on new road surface

Georgia Hedley-Ward was distraught when her beloved Archie fell on the 'slippery' road

Georgia Hedley-Ward was distraught when her beloved Archie fell on the 'slippery' road

A beloved pet pony had to be put down after he slipped on an 'unsafe' new road surface - put there to fix potholes.

Georgia Hedley-Ward was distraught when her beloved Archie fell on the 'slippery' road, shattering his shoulder and forcing vets to put him down.

The 23-year-old from Brook, Isle of Wight, was riding her pony on a stretch of road near her yard when he skidded along the road before crashing down.

But Georgia believes the fall on June 17 was due to the new roads, which were re-done in October and November to fix potholes.

She said: 'He was my first pony, I'd had him for 15 years, so I tended to loan him out and teach kids other kids to ride on him.

'I'd take him out a couple of months and we'd just gone out and were crossing the main road when he slipped and fell.

'He lost his front end, slipped, his back end went and he crashed down on on top of me' my leg and hip were underneath him.

'At first, he just sat up on his side so I could get out, and I tried to coax him up because I didn't realise how bad it was - he'd shattered his shoulder.

'He eventually got up and I was holding him up, but when the vet came out they said there was nothing they could do, and they put him down on the side of the road there.

The 23-year-old from Brook, Isle of Wight, was riding her pony on a stretch of road near her yard when he skidded along the road before crashing down

The 23-year-old from Brook, Isle of Wight, was riding her pony on a stretch of road near her yard when he skidded along the road before crashing down

'It's horrendous, I'd had him forever and I wanted to keep him forever.

'We thought he'd get older and we'd leave him out to grass and he'd die of old age, and this was traumatic.'

Georgia says the 'nimble' horse had always been safe on the roads, and was 'not one for tripping over'.

But she claims that since Island Roads resurfaced the whole island - 300km of roads at a cost of £730 million - she has also slipped twice on her bigger horse Comanche in the same place.

The experienced rider also believes that if the larger horse had fallen as badly as Archie, she could have been killed.

Georgia added: 'I'm lucky that Archie was little - if it'd been Comanche I could've been dead.

Georgia believes the fall on June 17 was due to the new roads, which were re-done in October and November to fix potholes

Georgia believes the fall on June 17 was due to the new roads, which were re-done in October and November to fix potholes

'Archie was very safe on the roads and he wasn't one for tripping over, but on the new roads he'd been slipping.

'It's scary - it's happened before and will happen again, and next time it could be a cyclist or a child.

'It's like a sheet of ice down the hill in two directions, there's such a camber both down the hill and from the centre of the hill to either side of the road.

'There are some roads I wouldn't go down now because

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