PLEASE SUPPORT THE NATIONAL PASS WIDE AND SLOW EVENT FOR PROMOTING ROAD SAFETY WHEN RIDING YOUR HORSE/PONY ON PUBLIC ROADS. PENELOPE STOCKS AND FRIENDS INVITE YOU TO THE EVENT ON THE 14TH APRIL 2019
WHEN: SUNDAY 14TH APRIL 2019 10:30 CALVERTON, NOTTINGHAM NG14 6HQ AND SURROUNDING AREA.
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We are a local group of horse riders and would like to share advice on how to pass horse and riders when you are driving.
In 2016 we started our local campaign to support a national campaign to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on the roads. We were concerned about our safety and the safety of others when riding out locally. Some drivers are excellent but a small number of drivers do not seem to understand the risks to the horse, rider and themselves when passing us.
In your vehicle, you’re a threat
Pass the horse wide and slow
Please pass horses wide and slow.
Most horse riders would prefer not to ride on the roads. However, a lack of off-road access means using roads is a necessity for many riders. Riders have the same right to be on the road as motorists, cyclists or any other user group. With a bit of understanding and consideration on both sides, there’s room for everyone to use the roads in harmony and safety.
It’s important to understand that horses are flight animals. This means that however well-trained and calm a horse normally is, they can still be unpredictable and frightened by something they perceive as a threat. This is their natural instinct and means a horse’s reaction to a threat is to try to escape the situation.
A bird flying out from behind a hedgerow or a plastic bag blowing in the wind may cause a horse to unexpectedly spook into the road – and into your oncoming car. There is little a rider can do about this as such natural behavioural instincts are strong. This is why it’s vital to always pass horses slowly and with plenty of room.
In some instances, the rider may be busy keeping control of their horse and not able to acknowledge your consideration, but they will be very grateful to you.
How can you help?
- Give horses a wide berth
- Pass slowly
- Be prepared to stop if necessary
- Heed riders hand signals
The safe use of the roads is everyone’s responsibility.
Horses are normally nervous of large vehicles, particularly when they do not often meet them. They can run away in panic if they are really frightened.
In such a situation, the main factors causing the fear are:
- Being approached by something which is unfamiliar and intimidating
- A large moving object, especially if it is noisy
- Lack of space between the horse and the vehicle
- The sound of the vehicle’s air brakes
- Rider anxiety
What can you do?
- On seeing a rider (or a group of riders), please slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary
- Be aware that the sound of your air brakes may spook the horse. If the horse, or horses, show signs of nervousness as you get closer, please turn the engine off and allow them to pass
- Please don’t move off again until the riders are well clear of the rear end of the vehicle
- If you are approaching riders and would like to overtake them, please approach slowly, or even stop to give the riders time to find a gateway or other place off the road where there will be enough space between the horse and vehicle to allow you to pass safely. Horses are very aware of things coming from behind due to the position of their eyes
- Please be patient. Most riders will do their best to reassure their horses
- The safest place for the rider’s hands is on the reins, so if they are anxious, they may only be able to nod their thanks to you – but please do be assured that they will be very, very grateful for your consideration of their situation
On behalf of all riders and carriage drivers – thank you for helping to keep everyone safe.
THINK! Road Safety around Horses
Woodborough Local History Group
Lambley Historical Society
We had a good attendance at the AGM in January. The formal side of the meeting was followed by a Bring & Share supper – it always surprises us what a lovely spread of food our members always achieve. John had set us another devious quiz to ponder on while we ate and drank. So a very pleasant social evening was enjoyed by all.
Our next meeting is on March 25th at 7.30pm in the Lowdham W.I.Hall when James Wright will talk about English Mediaeval Castles and Great Houses with particular reference to the ordinary folk who worked there. Visitors and new members welcome.