A WOMAN is believed to have died after getting tangled in a horses reins as it bolted, an inquest opening has heard.

Sarah McLeod, of Carswell Circle in Upper Heyford, near Bicester, died on Tuesday, July 24, whilst out with a horse at Elm Tree Farm in Wendlebury, near Bicester.

Oxford Coroner’s Court heard yesterday how the 36-year-old was found dead after appearing to have been caught up in the riding equipment.

Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter said: “Initial details refer to the fact Ms McLeod was found in a field and references to what is believed to be a riding accident with the horse.

“It is not clear, however, if she was actually [riding] on the horse or may have been attending to the horse.

“In any event she appears to have become tangled and possibly dragged along the field sustaining a head trauma.”

Mr Salter confirmed the initial post-mortem found the cause of death to be head trauma.

He added: “This is obviously a sad case and the details are yet to be investigated.”

A full inquest will be held in to Ms Mcleod’s death on Wednesday, October 31, at Oxford Coroner’s Court.