A man was airlifted to hospital in New Zealand’s North Island today after a Kaimanawa wild horse reportedly knocked him from his motorcycle and may have trampled him.
The 57-year-old man suffered an open fracture to his thigh bone in the incident.
He was flown by the Greenlea Rescue helicopter to Waikato Hospital.
The man was riding with friends in the foothills of the Kaimanawa Ranges when they spied a band of wild horses on course to cross the track in front of them.
It is understood one of the horses collided with him, knocking the man from his motorcycle.
The animal may have stomped him in the immediate confusion that followed, before making off.
The rescue unfolded as an electrical storm dumped heavy rain at the scene.