A car collided with a horse in Glanbrook early Thursday morning, police say.

The accident happened around 2 a.m. near Miles Road and Airport Road in Glanbrook.

The driver of a vehicle was travelling southbound on Miles Road when a horse "appeared in the roadway," police say.

The man attempted to swerve and miss the horse, but collided with the animal head-on. The horse was so badly injured that a police officer at the scene had to shoot it to end its suffering, police say.

The man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The horse's owner was found and "advised of the incident," police say.