Watch out for horses on roads. . .

By: Horse Deals

Watch out for horses on roads. . .
Watch out for horses on roads. . .
Ninety per cent of regular horse riders believe drivers do not take enough care when passing horses on the road, according to research conducted by Petplan Equine, the UK’s specialist equine insurer, ahead of Road Safety Week (22-28 November).

The survey of more than 1,700 horse owners also found that more than 40 per cent of respondents dislike riding on roads because of traffic, with a fifth saying they would like to do more hacking but don’t have sufficient access to the countryside.

Statistics released by the THINK! Campaign showed that in 2006, 123 horse riders were injured in road traffic accidents, three of whom were killed and 26 seriously injured. Of the road accidents voluntarily reported to the British Horse Society in the same year, 80 per cent occurred on minor roads.

Petplan Equine marketing manager Alison Andrew said: "Riding is a wonderful hobby. It is good exercise, gets people out in the fresh air and many riders bond strongly with their horse, which adds to the pleasure of the sport.

"It is a great shame that riders are feeling vulnerable on our roads and we are calling on drivers to take extra care, particularly on some of the more minor country roads, to help ensure horse riders feel relaxed and stay safe."

The Petplan Equine Census was conducted in spring 2010. An online questionnaire was filled in by over 1700 UK horse owners.

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