Horse riders face ‘threat’ on Britain’s roads
New statistics published by the British Horse Society (BHS) have highlighted the ‘threat’ horse riders face on Britain’s roads.
The data, published on 24 March, examines the incidents reported to the BHS’s horse accidents website.
It reveals between November 2010 and 1 March 2016, 36 riders were killed as a result of road incidents involving horses that were reported to the charity.
Released to coincide with the launch of a new BHS campaign, the data also highlights that the charity received a total of 2,070 reports of road incidents involving horses during the same period.
The Dead Slow campaign urges drivers to slow down to 15mph when they meet a horse and rider on the road.
The BHS says that 75% of accidents happened because the vehicle passed the horse without allowing enough space, claiming that ‘a lot of people aren’t sure how to safely pass a horse when driving’.
As a result, BHS has published a video showing drivers how to pass a horse on the road.
Lee Hackett, BHS director of policy, said: “We are asking drivers to slow down to 15mph when they see a horse on the road. A lot of people aren’t sure how to safely pass a horse when driving, and so we have produced a video showing exactly how it should be done.
“It's worth remembering that these statistics are just the accidents reported to us, there will be countless others. Almost everyone who rides horses can recount a story about a time they had a near miss on the roads.
“We are campaigning for legislative change, but that can take a long time. That is why we are asking for this instant change in behaviour from drivers.”