A campaign to improve the safety of horses and riders on the road has been launched in Hampshire, following the death of rider Lindy Harding.

Mrs Harding, 59, died on 8 February when her horse bolted and collided with a car.

The play worker and driver at Brookfield Community College, Hampshire, sustained serious head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Now friends of Mrs Harding have launched the Think Pony Power campaign to alert drivers to riders on the roads and encourage riders to wear hi-vis clothing and carry identification in case of an accident.

Karen Diamond, who heads the campaign, is calling for more triangle road signs in the area warning of horse activity.

She said: “We need to get the safety message across to the general public. Lindy would have wholeheartedly approved of what we are doing.”

The group also wants to highlight the need for more off-road riding and bridlepaths in the area.