Horse owner sets up campaign for safer roads after death of horse
A horse owner is campaigning to raise awareness of horse riders on the road after her horse was killed in a horrific accident.
Nicky Allen, whose family owned the horse, has urged road users to take care near horse riders.
The horse, a seven-year-old mare named Ruby, was struck by a flatbed trailer after a Toyota pick-up truck that was towing it overtook her and her rider.
The incident took place on Monday evening, just before 6.45pm and resulted in the road being closed for two hours. Ruby’s rider and the other horses that were in the group that Ruby was being ridden with managed to escape unharmed but Ruby was left with severe injuries and had to be put down.
Nicky, who is from Knypersley, said: “Every time you go out on the roads, there are at least two other people who put your life in danger.
“Some of the worst examples you find are motorists taking their kids to school and in a rush. There needs to be more awareness of horses on the roads.” Ruby had been on loan to another experienced rider and had been taken out on roads and bridleways a number of times.
“They had just set out to go riding when it happened,” said Nicky.
Horses can be unpredictable, but Ruby was so good on the roads.This has knocked me for six. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Nicky became aware of the accident after receiving a call from Ruby’s rider.
Speaking about Ruby’s injuries, she said: “The horse had been severed in half. I’ve never seen so much blood. The paramedics had covered the horse with a blanket. Other motorists had also put their jumpers on top of her to try to stop the bleeding. They were absolutely brilliant. “
But Ruby was bleeding to death. A vet was called out and gave her an injection to put her to sleep.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said their inquiries on the incident were continuing. Wenslie Naylon, chairman of Newcastle Borough Council's equestrian forum, is backing others that are trying to raise public awareness of the risks that riders and their horses face on the roads.
“This tragic accident is absolutely heartbreaking,” she said.
“It is so important for drivers to give horses a wide berth go past slowly.
“A horse has got a mind of its own and can get spooked. Horse riders should also wear hi-visibility vests.”
Horse riders are calling for more off-road riding routes and bridleways across the borough so that they can avoid using the roads.
“We are also campaigning for quiet off-road areas to be linked up,” Wenslie said.
According to estimations by a Newcastle equestrian strategy, there are more than 2,500 adults and 5,000 young people that ride in the borough regularly.
Author Horse Trader Online
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