The BHS have launched a concerted effort to encourage drivers to slow down.
With an increasing number of reported accidents and incidents involving riders and cars, we’re building on our solid foundation of road safety education and campaigning to make drivers aware of the need to slow down to 15 miles per hour when they encounter horses on the road, and to give riders plenty of room.
The campaign has had significant coverage in local and national media, and the Dead Slow message has primarily been aimed at drivers, but there are many things riders can do to reduce the risk of becoming another statistic.
Always wear hi-viz clothing and put hi-viz equipment on your horse – even on bright days, it is surprising how well a horse can be camouflaged against a hedge
Unless absolutely necessary, DO NOT ride in failing light, fog or darkness, or when it is snowing or icy
Always show courtesy to drivers – if you show drivers appreciation of their efforts, then drivers should return the favour
If you are riding a horse that is not used to roads, make sure you are accompanied by an experienced rider and horse
Concentrate all the time
Make sure you have told someone where you are going and what time you are expected back.
To demonstrate best practice in driving past horses on the road, the BHS have produced a video:
Occasionally there are incidents when riding clubs are targeted and equipment has been stolen. Finding there was no particular advice for clubs Warwickshire Horse Watch put together a crime prevention advice sheet specifically to help riding club committees and put it on their award winning website www.warwickshire-horsewatch.co.uk.
Following funding received from the Chief Constables Property Fund, which supports the good work of voluntary groups and charities around the county, Warwickshire Horse Watch can now provide printed copies with a poster for the entry caravan and property marking pens to help the clubs start marking their equipment.
Chief Constable, Martin Jelley said “I am very pleased to support this proactive group who are always looking at ways to help horse owners and help prevent equine and rural crime.”
The British Horse Society and British Riding Clubs heard about the initiative and were impressed by the advice and support given to clubs. Andrea Jackman, Regional Manager for the West Midlands for the British Horse Society said “We are really pleased to support Warwickshire Horse Watch’s initiative to help riding clubs and centres to protect their property.
Laura Sanger, Manager and Head of British Riding Clubs said “This is a fantastic idea and we are delighted that riding clubs will be able to benefit from this scheme”.
Carol Cotterill, Chair of Warwickshire Horse Watch said “We are really grateful for the support we receive from Warwickshire Police, both from the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Ball. It allows us to constantly look at ways to help horse owners including providing gate signs, free tack marking and crime prevention advice sheets. When we found out that there was no information to help clubs we wanted to put something together that would help them look at ways to protect their equipment.”
Clubs can either print off a copy of the advice sheet from the groups website – www.warwickshire-horsewatch.co.uk, or email email@example.com with the clubs details and the Riding Club crime prevention leaflet, Warwickshire Horse Watch poster with UV and permanent marker pen will be sent to them in the post.
Warwickshire Horse Watch Ambassadors were at The Gate RC, Nether Whitacre post coding horse tack to help deter equine crime. As well as marking tack as a deterrent and a means of identification and recovery, the team also provided crime prevention advice to competitors and gate signs to Horse Watch members.
PCSO Emma Beard and Carol Cotterill, Rural Crime Coordinator who is also Chair of Warwickshire Horse Watch, visited a stables near Corley and marked 18 saddles and bridles with the owners post code. This acts as a deterrent and provides a means for the owner to identify their property. As well as marking the tack and providing signage to warn offenders, the team provided crime prevention advice and ideas for enhancing security at the yard.
If you would like Warwickshire Horse Watch to visit your yard to provide FREE tack marking and crime prevention advice email firstname.lastname@example.org or warwickshirehorsewatch@Warwickshire.pnn.police.uk.
Warwickshire Horse Watch will be at the West Midlands Driving Competition at Moreton Morrell on Sunday 21st February, from 9am to 2pm. Lots of crime prevention advice to help horse owners, opportunity to have your tack marked, register to receive alerts and collect your free HW gate sign. Come along and meet the team and watch this exciting equine sport.