Lancashire Constabulary’s Mounted Branch (LCMB) led by example when taking part in the British Horse Society’s (BHS) Ride Safe Award, demonstrating to riders how important it is to protect themselves when riding.
The three hour practical assessment saw the officers ride in a variety of environments, including a riding school demonstration and continuing on to the streets of Penwortham for an on the job evaluation, demonstrating their safety skills and knowledge.
Following successful completion of the assessment, five officers and BHS North West Regional Manager Lyndsay Dring, who took the award alongside LCMB, were presented with their Ride Safe Award.
The British Horse Society’s Director of Safety, Alan Hiscox said: “We’re thrilled that Lancashire Constabulary took our Ride Safe Award, which enables all riders to have the knowledge and skills to protect themselves. We hope that this award, together with our Dead Slow campaign to educate drivers how to safely pass horses on the road, can potentially help to save the lives of horses, riders and drivers.”
Sgt Adam Pearson from Lancashire Constabulary Mounted Branch said: “We work closely with The British Horse Society. It is a wonderful organisation that the community should engage with and use their comprehensive website which offers advice for all road users. We looked forward to our assessment day and also our continued work with The British Horse Society in the future.”
Road safety is a particular concern for many horse riders, including the LCMB.
The BHS launched its Dead Slow campaign in 2016 in response to alarming statistics from the BHS horseaccidents.org.uk website showing that since 2010, 230 horses have died, and 39 riders have been killed on UK roads.
One in five reported incidents involved a vehicle actually colliding with a horse, and 84 per cent of incidents occurred because the vehicle passed too fast or close to the horse. Four behaviour change messages from the BHS for drivers are:
If I see a horse, I will
· Slow down to a maximum of 15 mph
· Be patient – I will not sound my horn or rev my engine
· Pass the horse wide and slow, at least a car’s width (if possible)
· Drive slowly away
The BHS Ride Safe award is run throughout the UK, and is open to riders of all ages and abilities. The award is designed to provide riders with the skills and knowledge to ride in all environments, keeping both riders and horses safe.
To find out more visit: bhs.org.uk/ride-safe-award