A woman thrown from her horse after being pelted with stones is a mum of two young children, worried friends have revealed.
Lindsey Hawkins, aged 28, is fighting for her life after falling from her horse when a group of youths started throwing stones at the animal.
She was riding her seven-year-old Shire Gipsy Cob cross, Murphy, on a track near Duke of Norfolk Lane, Wickersley, Rotherham, when the yobs struck.
Her frightened horse reared and tried to run off, throwing Lindsey to the ground.
Lindsey, mum to an eight-year-old and four-year-old, was rushed to Rotherham Hospital, where she was diagnosed with bad concussion and allowed home after two days.
She was re-admitted later that day, where she underwent surgery for a bleed on her brain, after complaining of headaches.
Lindsey, from Thurcroft, is now in an induced coma to allow her brain to recover.
Friend Sarah Jane Binder, 33, who owns the livery where Lindsey keeps her two horses, said: “Lindsey is such a beautiful, lovely, kind-hearted and funny young woman who is the best friend you could wish for.
“She’s an adoring mother who has two amazing children who are a credit to her.
“If anyone has any information about who is responsible for this I’m urging them to come forward.
“Look what’s happened as a result of this prank the teens have played - they didn’t mean for this to happen but someone needs to take responsibility for it.
“The doctors have told Lindsey’s family that it’s just a matter of waiting to see how she recovers when she comes out of the coma.
“The family are coping as best they can, looking after Lindsey’s two little children, but as you can imagine it’s an extremely worrying time for them.”
Sarah-Jane added: “She’s been riding since she was very young, about five or six, and I’ve known her for about ten years so she’s a friend as well as keeping her horses at our livery.
“I’m frustrated, mad and very upset about the whole thing.
“We’ve been using that path for ten years and we’ve never had any trouble.
“If anyone has any information please tell the police.”
Anyone with information about the incident on May 17 should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.