Riders don sumo wrestler suits to slow down drivers

  • Shy equestrians need not strip off to attract motorists’ attention, as two riders from east Northamptonshire have demonstrated.

    The Slow Down For My Horse Campaign was launched on Facebook last month (4 August).

    It involves riders posting pictures of themselves hacking or leading their horses in their underwear with the caption “Will you slow down for me now?”

    Riders Anna Meynell and Clare Burrows were keen to support the initiative, but decided to don inflatable sumo wrester suits rather than taking their clothes off.

    The pair hacked out on Monday afternoon (31 August) in the air-filled suits on their horses Birlinn and Laddie.

    We got some strange looks but it was really good fun. Cars did slow down when they saw us,” Ms Meynell told H&H.

    “We put the picture on Facebook and it’s gone viral with more than 2,000 likes. It’s even been shared in India and New Zealand.”

    Birlinn, a five-year-old Cleveland bay, and Laddie, an eight-year-old Irish cob, were not fazed by the riders’ strange attire.

    “We were more worried about the horses seeing us on the ground,” said Ms Meynell.

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    “We inflated the suits once we were on — they have a battery powered pump inside them.

    “We went for a pootle down the road, we live in a quiet hamlet and the horses were fine.

    “Cars do pass quickly around us, particularly in the morning.”

    Slow Down For My Horse Campaign

    Rider Lauren De Gruchy from Jersey set up Slow Down For My Horse Campaign and the Facebook page now has over 30,000 likes.

    Lauren launched campaign in a bid to make motorists pay attention to horses on the roads.

    For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Slow-Down-For-My-Horse-Campaign/1662525457352457?fref=ts

    H&H recommends that riders should only take part if safe to do so on their own private land. Appropriate safety equipment should be worn at all times.

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