30 Nov 2010
24 Nov 2010
The British Horse Society’s new campaign, entitled “Help us fight for change” means that equestrian incident reporting is now easier than ever.
“Unfortunately, every year a high number of equestrian incidents go unrecorded. If no-one knows about them, nothing can be done.
Without hard evidence and hard statistics it is impossible to lobby those in power to make the changes that are required to ensure riding is safer for all. Sharing your experience could make a huge difference – together we can FIGHT FOR CHANGE.” – The BHS
By launching this dedicated horse accidents website, designed to provide statistics and data, which can in turn be used to lobby the Government for better riding conditions.
The website, www.horseaccidents.org.uk, is to provide anyone involved in an equine-related incident with an easily accessible method of reporting it. Currently, an equestrian-related road incident may go unrecorded unless a human is injured and taken to hospital for treatment from the scene of the accident, thus statistics are poor.
Currently, using the site you can record road traffic incidents concerning ridden and driven horses, incidents involving low flying aircraft, road surface dressings, dangerous dogs, fireworks, wind turbines, and issues with gates. There is provision to add other concerns as they are identified.
If you or your friends have fallen victim to any such incidents, then the BHS need your help; sharing your experiences could make a huge difference to all riders. We want to hear about near misses too. Accurate statistics are essential in order to enable us to lobby government for better conditions for equestrians – we can only campaign when we have sufficient information to carry forward concerns.
Sheila Hardy, BHS Senior Executive (Safety), explains: “Without hard evidence and hard statistics it is impossible to lobby those in power to make the changes that are required to ensure riding is safer for all – we need the public to help us before we can help them.”
If you have had an incident or accident on the road ensure you report it on their site, and take a look at the map to see incidents near you.
Visit www.horseaccidents.org.uk to find out more about this new campaign, or to log incidents.
HorseWorld, the leading UK charity caring primarily for horses, ponies and donkeys, has used a child’s suitcase to aid rehabilitation some of their horses, helping them to become relax and play with humans.
Many of the animals in HorseWorlds care have been rescued or re-homed, and who have been abandoned, neglected or ill-treated.
Princess Penelope, the newest addition to Bristol based firm Magmatic’s famous Trunki range, played an important part in helping rehabilitate some of the horses in the care of the UK’s leading equine charity to boot.
Along with the team from Magmatic, the company responsible for bringing Trunki, Princess Penelope trotted along to HorseWorld, for her very first photo shoot. But the shoot was more than just horseplay as Amy Punter, Fundraising and Communications Assistant from HorseWorld explains:
“Training horses to play games can be a really important part of rehabilitation, as it allows our horses to relax and enjoy being around people again, so we were delighted to be given a new toy for our equines to play with. The Princess Penelope Trunki comes with a handy set of straps normally designed for tots or parents to use to pick her up, but they were also the perfect bite-sized target for our horses to get to grips with.”
HorseWorld uses a clicker to train the horses among many other training methods. The clicker is a useful tool to shape a behaviour as it pin-points the exact moment the horse got it right. And proving just how effective a training tool it is, within a matter of clicks, both Seth the Ardennes horse and Eeyore the donkey were able to sweep the Penelope Princess Trunki off her ‘feet’.
Trunki’s inventor and MD Rob Law adds: “It was amazing to see just how quickly the staff at HorseWorld were able to train the horses to pick up our little Penelope Princess Trunki. And having seen first-hand the amazing work they do here, we’re hoping to be able to work together more in the future.”
Responsible for the care of nearly five-hundred equines from Shetland Ponies like Arrow to Heavy Horses like Seth, HorseWorld is dedicated to giving the equines in their care the safe and happy futures they deserve, free from pain or neglect.
Many of the animals in their care have come from backgrounds of cruelty and neglect. HorseWorld aims to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome them into loving loan homes in and around the South-West.
The Visitor Centre plays an important role, allowing the public to meet some of the recovered animals and learn about animal welfare. It is home to rescued horses, donkeys, hens, ducks, goats, ferrets and Portia the pot-bellied pig. Funds raised from the Visitor Centre are used to help pay for the charity’s work.
For more information visit www.horseworld.org.uk
A horse was killed in a collision with a car on the M25 on Wednesday 17th November, after escaping from a horsebox.
The horse got onto the motorway at junction thirty, Great Warley, Essex, at around 10.15am, where it was then hit by another vehicle.
The accident happened at around 10.20am after a horsebox overturned, blocking the clockwise carriageway between junctions twenty-nine for Romford and thirty for Lakeside.
The horse escaped the crash onto the road, but sadly was then struck by another vehicle.
A vet was immediately called to the scene. The horse had broken its leg and had heavy bleeding, so was put down at around 10.50am.
The road was still closed in both directions for around an hour as the horse’s body was removed.
One of Essex’s biggest equestrian venue’s will be staying open for the 2011, catering for show jumping shows as well as private arena hire.
The owners of Towerlands Park, in Braintree Essex, have agreed to stay open for show jumping competitions next year thanks to the appeals of the equestrian community and EquestrianEvent Limited.
Charley Nathan of Equestrian Events Ltd issued the following statement,
“Due to the request of the equestrian public, and the good working relationship built up between Towerlands Park Ltd and Equestrian Events Ltd, an agreement has been reached to allow show jumping to continue at Towerlands Park in 2011Equestrian Events Ltd will run their unaffiliated and affiliated shows as before, and all private hires of the indoor and outdoor arena will continue to be booked exclusively via Towerlands Park Ltd”
I’m sure all local riders will agree that this is fantastic news!