A woman has suffered a spinal injury after falling from a horse.

The 48-year-old fell about 1.30pm yesterday while riding in the eastern Bay of Plenty. She was taken to Whakatane Hospital but later transferred to Tauranga Hospital by the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter for specialist treatment.

The helicopter also transferred a 36-year-old man with a serious medical condition from Tauranga to Waikato Hospital on Saturday for specialist treatment.