Road rage incident involving horse in Woodford Valley

Road rage incident involving horse in Woodford Valley

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 10:34am 18th July 2019. (Updated at 11:04am 18th July 2019)

The incident happened on a country lane in Wilsford earlier this month.

Police say a driver clipped the hindquarters of a horse being ridden with his car wing mirror.

The driver then stopped and shouted at the rider before driving off.

The horse wasn't hurt in the incident around 11.15am on the 1st of July and was returned to the stables.

Earlier this year, Wiltshire Police warned drivers and riders to respect each other on the road.

That followed at least 3 incidents which have been reported to the force during March of verbal exchanges involving horse riders and car drivers who've been using the same stretch of road.

SHOW CONSIDERATION:

The Highways Code urges drivers to treat all horses as a "potential hazard":

"Horse riders are often children, so take extra care and remember riders may ride in double file when escorting a young or inexperienced horse or rider. Look out for horse riders’ and horse drivers’ signals and heed a request to slow down or stop."

The British Horse Society (BHS) have had 845 incidents reported to them between 1st March 2018 and 28th February 2019,

Almost three quarters (73%) of those involved a vehicle passing too closely to a horse.

BHS

DRIVERS:

The BHS is urging drivers to take on board these four simple steps when they see a horse on the road.

  • Slow down to a maximum of 15mph
  • Be patient, don't sound your horn or rev your engine
  • Pass the horse wide and slow ( if safe to do so) at least a car's width if possible
  • Drive away slowly

RIDERS:

Meanwhile riders can do their bit to help improve road safety.

  • Wear hi-viz, fluorescent and reflective clothing whenever you ride out, on-road or off-road, even in bright sunlight
  • Wear protective headgear to current approved standards
  • Be alert and give clear and decisive signals
  • Acknowledge and return courtesy, a smile and a nod are enough if your hands are full
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