This is the painful moment when an unfortunate jockey broke his jaw on the hoof of a rival horse after making a somersaults during a race.
Shocking images show Diamond Dark racing horse in a horrible fall on the biggest fence of a cross-country race in Craon, France.
Sulfite, Erwan Bureller's horse, is already too late to get out of the way and leaves one of the flaming hooves of Diamond Dark in the face of the jockey.
A creepy image shows the hoof that hits Bureller's lower jaw, with the upper jaw over the top of the hoof as the bone breaks while hunting the tower.
This is the moment Diamond Dark (horse number 5) walloped unhappy jockey, Erwan Bureller (depicted with yellow and green striped arms), with his flapping hoof as the jockey makes his way across the circuit of the la Touche in Craon, France
Although Bureller had a broken jaw, this was the only injury and the other jockey, Romain Julliot (pictured left with yellow and green checkered clothing), and the two horses escaped the trial unharmed
The Diamond Dark hoof can be seen crashing through Bureller's face and his lower jaw disappears from the collision and his upper jaw placed above it. The man who took these photos said he would not have shared them if the injuries had been worse
Miraculously, the two horses escaped unharmed despite the painful fall. Bureller & # 39; s broken jaw was the only injury the two jockeys suffered.
Professional horse racing photographer Jean-Charles Briens, 55, took the painful photo on Sunday at the Hippodrome de la Touche race track in Craon, France.
Jean-Charles said: & # 39; When I took pictures, I saw Diamond Dark make a bad jump and when he fell, Sulfite could do nothing to avoid it.
& # 39; I want to tell you, I'm really sorry for the injured jockey, Erwan Bureller, & # 39; he added.
Before the strike, Julliot (pictured left) can be seen diving while his horse Diamond Dark falls on the highest fence on the course. Despite its popularity, horse racing is a dangerous sport for both jockey and horses. Since 2000, 30 horses have died on the Grand National, a national hunting horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool, England
Julliot can be seen (left) starting to tumble as he hits the ground in the same way as Diamond Dark. Bureller standing to the right of the shot simply breaks the fence and looks as if he is well prepared to make the jump, despite the heavy body of Diamond Dark standing upright in front of him
Julliot seems safe while Diamond Dark is still upside down. Bureller and his horse, Sulfite, are a bit closer to clearing the jump, unaware of what awaits the unfortunate jockey. Horse jumps can be as long as 5ft 3in, the size of a person
While Julliot avoids, Bureller and Sulfite enter the point of no return. The legs of Diamond Dark seem to be quite quiet so far where his rear left leg is visible. Bureller's line seems to be aimed at the horse's hoof
Here is the painful moment when jockey, Erwan Bureller and his jaw, collide with the powerful hoof of a rival horse. According to a witness, the jockeys and horses were & # 39; immediately & # 39; on
The photo above was taken shortly after the monstrous hoof up to the jaw and Bureller's head recoil was seen while sulfite falls on Diamond Dark. Despite the appearance of the impact and the salto, Bureller was the only injury and both horses escaped unharmed
If the injuries for the horses or jockeys would have been worse, Briens said he would never have published this photo & # 39 ;.
Briens, who has been a professional horse racing photographer for over 30 years and travels around the world for work, said in these races that the risk of falling is frequent.
He said: & I have seen many, many such situations in my career, and immediately after the fall the horses and jockeys ran out. & # 39;
The photographer, who lives near Angers, France, said that the only collision injury is a fracture in Bureller's jaw.
He said the other jockey, Romain Julliot, and the two horses involved in the fall have recovered without problems.
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