Friends of a Thurcroft woman thrown from her horse after yobs pelted it with stones have spoken of their upset.
Mum-of-two Lindsey Hawkins, 28, was fighting for her life as the Guardian went to press.
She fell from her horse as it bolted because a group of youths started throwing stones at the animal.
She was riding her seven-year-old Shire Gypsy Cob cross, Murphy, on a track near Duke of Norfolk Lane, Wickersley, Rotherham.
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 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: “I’m frustrated, mad and very upset about the whole thing.”
“Lindsey is such a beautiful, lovely, kind-hearted and funny young woman who is the best friend you could wish for.”
“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.”
Doctors have told Lindsey’s family that they must wait to see how she recovers when she comes out of the coma.
Said Sarah Jane: “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.”
Anyone with information about the incident on 17th May should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.