CHATSWORTH, MURRAY COUNTY, GA. (WRCB) -- Michael Parks was shocked to hear his nephew, 17-year-old Allen Tilson, was hurt while riding a horse Sunday.
The Murray County High School senior was hurt badly when "Fino" fell on him after jumping over something in the grass.
Jimmy Parker, the owner of Copperleaf Farms said, "He lost his balance and held onto the saddle horn and doing that pulled the horse on top of him."
Parker said Allen worked for him over the summer while school was out.
Tilson looked after dozens of horses with the grounds manager when he decided to go for one last ride.
That's when tragedy struck.
Michael Parks said Tilson was a good rider and there wasn't much to prevent the inevitable from happening.
"I believe he did everything we taught him to do, but a little mishap made him fall off the horse," said Tilson.
Parker said there isn't always much time to make a decision.
"When you see you are about to get into a horse accident and you have a split second to make a decision, and you hope you make the right decision," he said.
Tilson has undergone several hours of back surgery and family said they saw a glimpse of hope when he moved his toe.
Parks said, "Our prayers are definitely with him. We are hopeful he will walk again and hoping for a good report."
Tilson will be in the hospital for a few weeks and doctors say it will be up to six months before they know if he'll be able to walk again.
The Bradley County Sheriff's office is reporting a motorcycle accident on Lower River Road.
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