A member of the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt has been released on bail after an incident in which a hunt saboteur was hospitalised following a collision with a horse.

He was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, but was later released pending further police enquiries.

The female protester, known only as “Nid”, was treated at the scene following the meet near Charlton Horethorne, Somerset, on Thursday 28 August.

It was later reported on the Dorset Hunt Saboteur Facebook page — of which the female saboteur is a member — that she had sustained a number of broken ribs and a suspected punctured lung.

“This was an unfortunate accident and we were of course concerned to learn of these injuries but are relieved to hear the person involved is making a recovery,” a hunt spokesperson told H&H.

“The hunt is giving every assistance to the police to ensure this will quickly be resolved.”

Avon and Somerset police are investigating.