‘My son has been left with a fear of horses’ – Sunderland three-year-old attacked by pony

Three-year-old Steven Goldsmith, of St. Lukes Road, Pennywell; , Sunderland, who was hurt while feeding a pony near to his home.

Three-year-old Steven Goldsmith, of St. Lukes Road, Pennywell; , Sunderland, who was hurt while feeding a pony near to his home.

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LITTLE Steven Goldsmith has been left with a fear of horses after he was attacked and left scarred during a terrifying attack.

The three-year-old was feeding a pony which was grazing on land at St Luke’s Road, Pennywell, when it lunged at him, grabbed his T-shirt and threw him more than 5ft.

It left Steven with bite marks, bruising and swelling on his chest.

Now, three months after the incident, his mum Sarah Rowlands said he has not been the same since it happened.

Sarah, 23, from Pennywell, said: “He is still scared of horses. The swelling on his chest has gone down but he’s been left with a scar.

“His behaviour has changed as well. He was a happy little boy. He seems to be a different child, the way he behaves. He gets frustrated more easily.”

Sarah said that since the attack she has had to reconsider letting Steven and two-year-old daughter Sarah Goldsmith, near animals.

She said: “I would not take the kids to farms, it puts you off for life.

“I think something like this could happen to anyone.”

Sarah said that people need to think before they buy a pony or horse.

She said: “There’s a lot more young people buying horses these days and they don’t have a clue of what they are getting into.

“People shouldn’t get horses if they are not going to train them properly and they don’t know what to do.”

Sarah said that now all she can do is hope that in time Steven will get over the attack which has left him with more than just a scar on his chest.

“It’s not just physical scars that this has left on Steven, it’s mental ones as well,” said Sarah.

“It’s quite a big thing for a little boy to go through and I would not wish it on my worst enemy.”

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