Bristol-based equine rescue charity, HorseWorld, is urging motorists to drive with more caution along local country lanes after reports of horses hit by cars.

The charity has had reports of 3 incidents where horses and riders have been hit by cars in the lanes in the Upton Cheyney, Beach and Bitton areas.

“While the riders survived, 2 of the horses were injured fatally with the most recent being in March this year,” said HorseWorld’s Amy Williams.

“The closure of the A431 between Kelston and Bath has increased the volume of traffic in these lanes recently and despite temporary 20mph speed limit signs being erected, many drivers are still going too fast,” she added.

This news comes after the AA survey which showed that 1 in 10 drivers are not “horse awere”.

HorseWorld is urging riders to wear high visibility clothing even on the brightest of days to help drivers to see riders earlier, giving the drivers more time to slow down.