Lorraine Kelly fights back tears as she rides a horse again after horror accident

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Watch: Lorraine Kelly rides a horse for the first time since her horrific 2012 accident

Lorraine Kelly was seen holding back tears as she faced her fear of riding a horse, ten years after being rushed to hospital following an accident ten years ago.

The 62-year-old bravely got back in the saddle during her ITV daytime show on Tuesday, 10 May for the first time since she was trampled on during a training event in 2012.

The presenter was joined by Paralympic Games gold medallist Sir Lee Pearson for the emotional moment which saw Kelly confirm she had not been ‘near a horse’ since her horrific accident.

Kelly was forced to undergo four-hour long emergency surgery and a blood transfusion after losing three pints of blood because of the accident.

Lorraine Kelly faced her fear of horse riding, tens years after a horror accident saw her undergo emergency surgery (ITV)
Lorraine Kelly faced her fear of horse riding, tens years after a horror accident saw her undergo emergency surgery (ITV)

Pearson was completely understanding about her fear as he stated: “That unfortunate, terrible accident is enough to put anyone off horses. It was very traumatic, it was totally understandable…”

He continued: “I do understand that fear. I probably have a degree of fear every day I ride, because they are three-quarters of a ton of horse and I still think everyday that it’s amazing that they allow me to sit on their backs.”

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 16: Lorraine Kelly seen leaving the ITV Studios for her first show back presenting after her horse riding accident on April 16, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)
Lorraine Kelly leaving the ITV Studios for her first show back presenting after her horse riding accident, 2012. (Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)

Kelly responded: “I obviously trust you implicitly, but I have to get over that [fear]. You can’t have that fear, you have to confront it sometimes and get over it…”

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She then met Sir Pearson’s horse, Zion, and revealed her feelings of anxiety before riding the award-winning horse but used the Olympian’s presence to helped to give her more “confidence”.

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Paralympic Games gold medallist Sir Lee Pearson was on hand to help Lorraine face her fear (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Emotionally, Kelly continued: “This is a massive step forward, just actually standing here so close [to a horse]. I haven’t done that for ten years.

“I’m just not sure if I can get on though, I’ll try… I still feel a little bit uncomfortable, so we’ll just see what happens.”

Lorraine Kelly was back in the saddle for the first time since her 2012 accident. (ITV)
Lorraine Kelly was back in the saddle for the first time since her 2012 accident. (ITV)

Viewers then saw the star slowly ride around the paddock alongside Pearson before she tearfully admitted: “Oh my goodness me! Not in a million years, I never thought I would do this.”

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After the ride, Kelly concluded: “I have to say, that was much more emotional than I thought it would be. I couldn’t have done it with anybody else, apart from Sir Lee. He’s just brilliant, has given me so much confidence. And that beautiful, beautiful horse!... That was incredible, thank you so much.

“I’m not going to feel frightened anymore. I’m not, I’m not and that’s a huge, huge, big deal for me, it really is. Yep.”

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