Says Naomi Smith
It is all too possible to round a corner on horseback and come upon a group of cattle with no prior warning -this WILL result in a horse being badly spooked at best, bolting at worst -it is only a matter of time ........... read more
Petition backs specific horse law to slow drivers
Debbie Smith who has presented a petition to the Transport Minister
A horse rider has taken a petition signed by more than 56,000 people to Westminster in a bid to make roads safer for horses and their riders. Debbie Smith, from Penzance, wants to make it a legal requirement for motorists to slow down and go wide when they pass a horse.
The Pass Wide & Slow petition also calls for drivers to stop and slow when asked by horse riders. The petition has been handed to Transport Minister Andrew Jones. Debbie
Debbie said: "I had a truck driver argue with me and he said he had no time to slow down for people on horses because he had to get from A to B quickly and he didn't have time to do it.
The Highway Code already states that horse riders are some of the most vulnerable road users and that drivers should always pass wide and slowly, but the petition wants this to be made a legal requirement.
"When we use our head cameras on horses there have been a few incidents where police haven't taken the evidence and done anything about it," Debbie said. "He [the Transport Minister] is going to try and make it so that if we do have evidence it will be taken and acted upon."
Says Linda Wright
We moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more