Dead? Or Dead Slow? is the British Horse Society (BHS) horse and rider road safety campaign. It’s an appropriate slogan as 42 riders and over 300 horses have been killed on roads in the last ten years. This parish has over 400 horses and only a few bridleways, some of which are hard to use, and the only way to exercise the horses is on our lanes. We have few safe passing places, verges have ditches in them or have been built up with soft soil or taped off with electric fence. All this makes it difficult for riders to get their horses out of the way of other road users.
Four simple steps for drivers:
If I see a horse on the road, then I will...
1. Slow down to a maximum of 15mph
2. Be patient; I won't sound my horn or rev my engine
3. Pass the horse wide and slow (if safe to do so) at least a car's width if possible
4. Drive slowly away
To read more online, including advice for riders themselves, CLICK HERE