Posted by: rstor | September 23, 2015

Latest Road Safety Petition Sees Thousands of Horse Riders Sign!

Earlier this week Horse & Hound Magazine shared the news that a petition launched by Cornish rider Debbie Smith to encourage drivers to slow down for horses has received a whopping 17,000 signatures in just four days!

Here at RS-tor we support safety in the saddle so we were thrilled to hear the impact of Debbie’s campaign. Debbie reports that she launched the petition after numerous occasions of drivers going too fast around her local area of Penzance with the latest incident causing her to act occurring when she was out hacking with her 17-year-old daughter.

Debbie says “The car towing a small trailer stopped when he saw the us riding as a pair but as soon as they started to walk in single file he “drove at us and went straight past ignoring my hand signals to stop leaving just one foot between my horse Noel and the car.”

The petition will then be presented to local MP, the Conservative Derek Thomas.

Last month another campaign to get drivers to slow down for horses was launched by Kent-based rider Lauren De Grunchy so let’s hope spreading the word ensures safer roads for horse riders!

Here are RS-tor’s Top Tips for Coping with a Difficult Situation on the Road

  • Reassure your horse with your voice if your horse is nervous; this is a powerful way to give your horse confidence and help calm your nerves too.
  • If you have to ride past someone operating machinery try to catch the operator’s attention and if possible ask him to turn off any loud machines whilst you ride past.
  • If your horse won’t go forward and you are in company, ask for a lead from another horse. If you are by yourself and your horse is really objecting to moving towards the hazard, it is probably safer to take an alternative route if possible.
  • Treat any roadworks as a stationary vehicle. Keep to the left, look behind in good time and check for oncoming traffic when moving your horse past an obstacle.
  • Remember if safe, signal right and retake the reins before passing the hazard. Give a ‘life-saver’ look behind before moving out around the obstacle – allowing sufficient clearance.
  • Carry an RS-tor Riding Safety Aid giving you a ‘handle on any situation’ allowing you to remain more secure in the saddle should you horse spook, slip buck or rear.
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