Aberdeen, N.C. — Days after it was attacked by a pit bull, a Hoke County horse is ready to compete in the Stoneybrook Steeplechase on Saturday.
Twelve-year-old Casey Rounds was riding her horse, Diesel, from her home to the Carolina Horse Park last Sunday when a pit bull began chasing the horse.
"This pit bull was chasing and biting his heels, but we kept going and outran him," Casey said.
But the pit bull wasn't done. As Casey and her mother rode home, the dog attacked again, chasing Casey and Diesel to an intersection where they had to stop because of traffic.
"It was a nightmare in front of my eyes. I kept worrying about Casey and the horse," Michelle Rounds said.
"I was trying to kick him with my foot to get him off. Then, (Diesel) reared up," Casey said, adding that she fell off the horse but landed on her feet. "Then I was on the ground, kicking the dog, and (Diesel) started running."
Diesel harnessed all his horsepower and outran the dog, finding his way home on area trails.
The dog punctured the horse's side and tore at his chest.
Local animal control officers took custody of the pit bull on Wednesday and will keep it in quarantine for 10 days.
The dog's owner declined to comment on Friday.
But Casey said Diesel hasn't run out of gas. After a week of rest, he will be ready to run in the steeplechase, she said.
"I'm planning on winning," she said.