Riding School Pleas For Drivers To Show Patience To Horses On The Road
8:19am 21st July 2014
A local horse riding school is calling for drivers around Weymouth to be more careful as the roads get busier this summer.
It comes after an incident where a woman driving her children to school in Chickerell reportedly shouted abuse and swore at a staff rider from South Coast Equestrian as she moved her horse around a parked car.
Rebecca Drummond is Yard Manager and says the way the woman acted was unacceptable and dangerous.
"You just can't take your aggression out on other road uses, especially not an animal. Obviously horses break, cars can be repaired. If she was to cause an accident, I'm sure she would have felt terrible, and having her children in the car, it would have been awful for them to witness something like that. The rider certainly didn't deserve it, she wasn't even on a main road, she was on a very quiet street."
Rebecca has this advice for road users, "I can't speak for all of them, but most riders will move out of the way when it's safe for them to do so and will also signal you past. As long as you give them plenty of space and go past at a sensible speed there shouldn't be a problem."
Rebecca added that the riders try not to use the roads where possible, but there aren't enough bridleways and sometimes it's their only option.