So here is the situation. Three years ago, my sister's horse kicked her in the head while she was leading him. Long story short, the herd started galloping by (she was walking past his field, not in it) and he got VERY excited, bucked and kicked out, landing an unfortunate blow to my sisters head. An ambulance ride to the ER and eight hours later she was released with four stitches along her head. Fast forward to last month. My sister is putting hoof oil on the same horse's back leg, he spooks, spins around, sending my sister sailing into the barn door. He then attempts to break free from the barn, trampling my sister repeatedly in the process. An air ambulance ride to the ER and 16 hours in the trauma centre and she is admitted to the hospital with an open compound fracture of both the tibia and fibula on her left leg, as well as several severely bruised and possibly cracked ribs. One six hour reconstruction surgery later, resulting in a steel plate and eight screws, and four more days in the hospital, my sister was released and will now be out of commission for at least the next three months. Here's my question. Is there something that can or should be worked on to make the horse safer? Now just a little background on the horse. He is now six (was three at the time of the first accident). My sister has done all of his training herself. He is not normally spooky, in fact is normally very level headed and we have no idea what caused him to react like he did this last time. Is this just an unfortunate coincidence? Any thoughts on the matter would be appreciated. And yes, I know horses can be dangerous in general, and that there is always a risk. It's just this is twice in three years he has put my sister in the hospital, and well I am a little PO'd at him right now.