Dutch Olympian and Grand Prix team rider Marlies van Baalen injured herself in a riding accident at home on 5 September 2019.
During a regular training session with a youngster, Van Baalen fell off when the horse spooked from another.
She was transported by ambulance to the Jeroen Bosch hospital in 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, where the doctors diagnosed her with a fracture of the sacrum in her lower back.
Marlies has returned home after an overnight stay for her recovery which is expected to take three months.
"It was scary," Marlies told Eurodressage."I still need to lie down, but I hope to start moving with crutches a little next week. It's mainly very painful, but fortunately I didn't need surgery. Time will need to heal the fracture."
Van Baalen celebrated her 39th birthday on 30 August.
Photo © Astrid Appels
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