Viewers distraught at bad drivers as horse is killed in shocking footage
Sunday's episode of Countryfile has left audiences speechless and distraught after shocking scenes of near-misses involving horses on the road, including one animal killed after an incident.
Gillian Singleton, a horse rider who has been riding for more than 30 years was featured in the episode where she was knocked off her horse Digby by a car in Snowdonia National Park two months ago.
Luckily she fell onto a grassy bank as Gillian's horse jumped up, the driver apologised for not seeing them due to harsh sunlight. Digby wasn't as lucky and died from his injuries a few minutes later. Gillian, distraught but thankful to her horse for saving her life.
“I was so distraught, just overwhelmed by emotion. Even now I can feel it in my voice. So distressing. I’m too scared, too nervous, too anxious. I’m afraid of cars,” said Gillian
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Viewers of the episode leapt on to social media to view their opinions.
one viewer tweeted: “Heartbreaking. So many stupid inconsiderate drivers. #Countryfile.”
A fourth posted: “Why would people not slow down for horses, what the f**k is wrong with people? #CountryFile.”
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