Should Riders Pick Up Their Horse's Poo From The Roads? 97% say YES!
A recent survey has come to light showing that 97% of road users think that horse riders should pick up their horses poo from the road.
Businesswaste.co.uk are believed to of said that there are issues over health and safety if the horse manure is left on the road when horse riders say it’s more dangerous for them to stop and pick up the manure.
Mark Hall from Business Waste said: “This isn't simply somebody shouting ‘health and safety’ over something they don't like the look of. These are genuinely legitimate concerns that have gone unaddressed for years.
“While certainly less dangerous than dog mess, horse faeces contains unhealthy bacteria such as E. Coli, listeria and salmonella, all of which could lead to serious illness.”
The survey was taken by 3000 people in the UK with a staggered 97% said riders should be picking up the faeces off the road and a staggering 89% are thought to of said horse riders should be fined the same as a dog owner.
Many users have said that horse manure is a safety risk to cyclists and motorcyclists. A gentlemen who took the survey said “I remember riding my old Honda through a horse poo on a country road. Next thing I knew. I was upside-down in a ditch with a broken arm, and my bike written off. I’m lucky to be alive.”
Mr Hall went on to say “In their defence, riders told us they do try to pick up after their horses, though in some cases it's not practical. One rider told us ‘When you're up on top of a horse, you sometimes don't know what's coming out of the back end’, which is fair enough in the circumstances.”
But he added: “There’s nothing to prevent riders from doing the right thing the next time they take their horses on to the road. Most car users know how to show horses consideration, let's have a little in return.”
Some riders have raised their voice over this saying “It’s not like dog mess. Dogs are carnivores and their poo is potentially harmful whereas horses are herbivores so theirs isn’t – you could eat it and still not be harmed!
“I’d never get off my horse on the road, it would be asking for an accident.
What are your thoughts on this? Would you pick up your horses poo off the side of the road? Have your say below…..