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'The car bonnet went under his belly': Rider's insurance warning after road collision

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'The car bonnet went under his belly': Rider's insurance warning after road collision

|| Animak Animal Wear || The owner of a horse who was hit by a car after he was spooked by a pack of dogs wants to raise awareness of two issues important to riders.Pauline Watson fell from her five-year-old Jack when the five large dogs burst through an open gate near her livery yard in Durham at the end of May. The coloured gelding ran loose along the road, straight into the path of an oncoming car. Pauline, who was not badly hurt, does not yet know the extent of Jack’s injuries but she wants to warn others about the issues involved. “It’s a lesson on...

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Road safety: Your chance to join Parliament debate

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Road safety: Your chance to join Parliament debate

|| Animak Animal Wear || A petition calling for better legal protection for horses on the road is to be debated in parliament – and the House of Commons wants riders’ input.Debbie Smith’s petition “Make it law to pass by a horse wide and slow and abide by horse riders’ hand signals”, which has been signed by nearly 109,000 people, will be discussed in Westminster Hall on Tuesday (4 July). And a spokesman for the House of Commons said that as part of plans to give the public more engagement with the parliamentary process, a digital debate will also take place on Monday (3 July). Riders...

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Police Launch New Campaign for Horse Road Safety #thinkhorse15

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Police Launch New Campaign for Horse Road Safety #thinkhorse15

|| Animak Animal Wear || Unfortunately, every year a high number of equestrians incidents go unrecorded.11 horse riders were killed and 116 seriously injured in collisions with motor vehicles, in the five years to 2015. Many horses can weigh more than half a tonne – they are easily scared by noise and may panic around fast-moving vehicles. If no-one knows about equestrian incidents, nothing can be done. Greater Manchester Police are working together with the British Horse Society to promote road safety #thinkhorse15 Horses are large powerful animals but they can easily panic and bolt if startled. The consequences to drivers, their car, the...

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