Emotional Lorraine Kelly fights back tears as she faces her fear of riding after being trampled by a horse and surgery

BRAVE Lorraine Kelly has faced her fear of riding a horse after being trampled on and rushed to hospital ten years ago.

The TV star and Sun columnist shed a few tears on her ITV daytime show today.



Lorraine, 62, said hadn't been "near a horse" since the horror accident in February 2012, which saw her needing a blood transfusion and four hours of surgery.

But she got back in the saddle with the help of Paralympic Games gold medallist Sir Lee Pearson, who joined her at a riding centre and introduced her to a horse named Zion.

He said it was her accident was "traumatic" enough to put anyone off horses.

14-time gold winner Sir Lee added: "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."

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Footage then played showing Lorraine gearing up to ride Zion, and she said: "I’m feeling a wee bit anxious, but not as bad as I thought it would be.

"I think that’s because I’ve got Sir Lee beside me and he’s given me a lot of confidence. 

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

Lorraine choked up and continued: "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."

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Viewers saw Lorraine steadily ride around the paddock alongside Sir Lee, and she said through tears afterwards: "I'm not going to feel frightened anymore.

"That is a huge thing for me."

Lorraine was learning to ride as part of a charity fundraising event in 2012 when a jump went horribly wrong and she fell off.

She suffered a deep wound to her right thigh after the horse reared up and trampled on her.

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She doesn’t remember much of what happened next but previously said: “A couple of millimetres one side or another then the artery would have gone. I would have died.”

Lorraine lost three pints of blood and was rushed to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London, where she was given a blood transfusion had emergency surgery.

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