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Dan Sherriff: ‘Riders: try not to fuel road rage’ *H&H Plus*

Opinion

Dan Sherriff, an international grand prix rider and trainer, who has multiple national titles to his name and is also trainer to the British Dressage pony progress squad, shares his thoughts on riders’ responsibility on the roads and productive hacking

The roads have been busier this year, especially during the second lockdown, and some of the statistics on road incidents released recently by the British Horse Society are shocking (news, 26 November).

With the extra road users has come an increase in road rage, and my clients and I have experienced dangerous situations while out hacking over past months. We try to avoid riding on the roads as much as possible, but in the winter months we cannot access bridleways without using the roads, and it seems as though every month I hear of another incident near us involving horses.

The pandemic has affected many people’s mental health, but it seems that this is translating into aggressive behaviour while driving or cycling – maybe it’s because people are feeling cooped up, or fed up with being told what to do.

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