Claire Lomas, the 27-year-old event rider paralysed in a fall at Osberton last month, has started to feel tingling in her legs.

“It’s all happening very slowly, but I am gradually getting a little feeling back and a lot of tingling,” a very upbeat Claire told H&H last week, while on her first trip being pushed by her mother around the hospital in a wheelchair.

Claire, a chiropractor, has begun physiotherapy. She spoke to H&H about the “amazing” support she has received since her accident.

“So many people have been to see me — Lucinda Green and her daughter came twice — it really helps to pass the time,” she said.

“And since details about my fall have been posted on websites I’ve been inundated with support from people I don’t even know.

“I’ve had e-mails from people who have done the same thing and are walking again, telling me it will be alright, and I would like to thank everyone. People have been brilliant.”

H&H readers who would like wish Claire well during her recovery can contact her at clairelomas@hotmail.com

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (21 June, ’07)