This is a list of people and fictional characters who had severe injuries, or died from accidents related to horses. Some of the listed accidents had important political and historical consequences, which are given when relevant.
Holbrook Blinn (1872-1928), Broadway stage star & silent screen actor, died from injuries in an accident on the grounds of his estate.
Maureen Connolly (1934-1969), tennis star, career ended in 1954 by injuries suffered in a collision between her horse and a truck
Roy Kinnear (1934-1988), British character actor, bled to death due to a broken pelvis sustained in a fall from a horse.
Cole Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) American composer and songwriter. In a 1937 riding accident his legs were crushed leaving him in chronic pain, largely crippled. (According to a biography by William McBrien and oral history by Brendan Gill.) His right leg was amputated in 1958 as a result of the injury.
According to this legend, romanticised by Alexander Pushkin in his celebrated ballad "The Song of the Wise Oleg," it was prophesied by the pagan priests that Oleg of Novgorod (? - 912) would take death from his stallion. Proud of his own foretelling abilities, he sent the horse away. Many years later he asked where his horse was, and was told it had died. He asked to see the remains and was taken to the place where the bones lay. When he touched the horse's skull with his boot a snake slithered from the skull and bit him. Oleg died, thus fulfilling the prophecy.
King Afonso I of Portugal (1109-1185), was severely injured in a fall from a horse in 1167 during a battle; he was captured and as ransom, Portugal had to surrender to Castile all conquests made in Galicia in the previous years; they were never again recovered.
Robert Peel - was thrown from his horse while riding up Constitution Hill in London on 29 June 1850. The horse stumbled on top of him and he died three days later on 2 July at the age of 62 due to a clavicular fracture rupturing his subclavian vessels.
Roderick, king of the Visigoths. Died in 712 when he drowned after falling from his horse while attempting to escape through a river, after defeat against the Moors that conquered then the rest of Hispania. Although his body was never found, his horse was recovered, and a boot trampled in the stirrup.
Saborios, Byzantine general and rebel - d. 678 when his horse bolted, slamming his head on a city gate and killing him.
Theodoric Strabo, died in 381 after falling from his horse over a spears rack. His death allowed Theoderic to assume uncontested supreme command and unify the Ostrogoths into a force that conquered Italy after the Fall of the Roman Empire.
William the Conqueror died aged 60 at the Convent of St. Gervais, near Rouen, France, on 9 September 1087 from abdominal injuries received from his saddle pommel when he fell off a horse at the Siege of Mantes.
Lucius Vladescu, after Hells Belle bucks in the 4-H competition in (Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Darkside) by Beth Fantaskey.
[Disputed] Patrick Delgado, father of Susan Delgado in Steven King's "Wizard and Glass," the fourth book in the "Dark Tower" series. Susan believes her father died when a snake surprised his horse, Seafoam, causing it to rear back and crush Pat. She later finds that her father was murdered.
Hughie Cairns, 40, a jockey who died on 27 July 1929 in a fall at Moonee Valley, VIC.
Philip Cheng, Hong Kong jockey, fell from horse and was trampled to death.
Tom Clayton, Australian jockey, died from injuries sustained in a 12 horse fall.
Sean Cleary, 22, Irish jockey, died from head injuries on 2 November 2003 after a fall at Galway Raceourse seven days earlier.
Thomas Corrigan, fell to his death while riding 'Waiter' in the Grand National Steeplechase at Caulfield, Victoria on 13 August 1894.
Amado Credidio, 24, Panamanian jockey, died when his mount Spartan Monk clipped heels with another horse in a race at Aqueduct on March 29, 1982. He fell into the path of oncoming horses which could not avoid him.
Richard Davis, British jockey, died from injuries sustained in a fall at Southwell Racecourse in 1996.
Earl Dew, 19, American jockey, 1940 national champion. Died from head injuries caused from a spill in the 6th race on 2 February 1941. It was Earl Dew day at Agua Caliente Racetrack.