A teenage girl has died of chest injuries after being stood on by her horse, it is understood.Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Colton was tending to the animal in its paddock on Friday when she lost control of it and fell to the ground.
A police spokesman said that the horse was believed to have stood on the girl as she lay on the floor. The tragedy happened in Garsdale, Cumbria, and the girl was airlifted to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, but she died later that day in the operating theatre.
The Cumbria police spokesman added: 'It appears that the young girl was tending the horse in its paddock when she lost control of it and it is understood to have stood on her after she fell to the ground.
'She suffered severe chest injuries which were life threatening.'
There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances and the coroner will be informed of the death.
Neighbours said Elizabeth had two sisters, Alexandra, 15 and Isabelle, nine, and attended Settlebeck High School in Sedbergh.
A special service was held for Elizabeth on Sunday and it is understood the family owned two horses.
Lynn Allen, 35, who has worked at the family's business, The Lucid Training Centre, in Garsdale as an administration assistant said: 'Elizabeth's grandparents had just been to visit from Denmark when it happened.
'I found out about her death from a neighbour on Saturday and the news is just devastating. I went round to offer my condolences to the family but there was nobody in.
'I can only imagine what Elizabeth's parents Annette and John are going through. I know they are a close family and will support each other. Elizabeth was a happy and normal little girl. She loved her horses and she did all the normal things schoolgirls do.
'The family had two horses - they've had them for years. They are no ponies or carthorses, just normal riding horses. Elizabeth grew up around them and rode them whenever she liked, but I know her mum always made sure she was careful, it's just a tragic accident.'