The British Horse Society is asking motorists to be tolerant and considerate towards any riders on the road after an accident involving a horse and rider in Welham Green in Herts.

Last week, a horse ridden by 12-year-old Lisa Hodges was hit by a speeding motorist in Station Road, inside the 30mph speed limit.Fortunately, rider and horse were not seriously injured.

The BHS estimate that there are more than 3000 accidents a year involving horses on the roads and many are caused by drivers’ impatience.

The BHS offers the following advice to drivers:

  • Wait until it is safe to overtake and then pass wide and slow (about 15 – 20mph)

  • Take heed of any signal the rider may give: they may be able to see something that youcan’t.

  • Remember when driving on country roads: there may be a horse around the next corner