Following yet another accident involving a horse and rider on the road, this time in Pilling, Lancs, the British Horse Society is pleading with motorists to be tolerant and considerate towards any rider they meet on the road.

The accident happened as a van was carefully overtaking a rider before a motorbike appeared at speed heading straight for them. The van swerved and the motorbike ploughed straight into the horse.

It was half an hour before the vet arrived to put down the injured horse.The rider was taken to hospital with a broken arm.

The British Horse Society estimate that there are more than 3,000 accidents a year involving horses on the roads.

The BHS has asked all motorists to be patient and understanding when they meeta horse and rider.

“Remember when driving on country roads: there may be a horse around the next corner so please take it gently. The rider’s life could be at stake,” said a spokesman.