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Cyclists Are Urged To Take Greater Care Around Horses

A woman from Aberdeenshire has spoken out and voiced her support for a campaign that educates cyclists on how to ride alongside horses in a safe way.

The ‘Bike Smart’ campaign supports the recent ‘Be Nice, Say Hi’ safety campaign launched by the British Horse Society (BHS) together with Cycling UK.

The campaign was created after footage was released from this summer’s Windsor Triathlon showing cyclists undertaking horses at extremely high speed, this then caused the horses to jolt and the riders to cry out in shock.

One horse rider named Grace Hardie has been riding for more than 12 years and says that shes believe some cyclists are less educated on the risks and dangers they can impose.

“I’ve been a horse rider for a little over 12 years now, picking up the sport whilst in high school, and for the last five years have kept my horses at stables just off the picturesque and very popular Deeside railway line, a hot spot with walkers, cyclists and horse riders alike. I regularly encounter cyclists whilst out riding and while leading my horse in and out from the field. Most cyclists are very sensible around the horses, ringing their bell or calling out before they pass. Some even pull in to the side and remain static for us to pass, for which we are always grateful. But a lot of cyclists are uneducated as to how they should behave around horses.”

“If we can spread BHS’s message, hopefully, we can all get on a little better together and minimize any risks.”

Since 2010 the BHS has almost 200 reported incidents involving horses and cyclists leaving two horses dead, 39 horses injured and 74 riders injured.

Altogether, the number of road incident reports have totalled up to 3,000 where 320 horses have died along with 39 riders also losing their lives.

To find out more about the Be Safe, Say Hi message, and what you can do to improve safety for horse riders on the road, visit www.bhs.org.uk.