The Downs Side Riding School in Penarth is considering issuing video cameras – like in-car dash-cams – to instructors and escorts who accompany learner-riders along narrow country lanes.
The school’s owner Caroline Wheeler-Cooper has told WalesonLine that the local roads are getting so dangerous she’s now thinking of issuing the cameras to provide evidence and to record and report any incidents where drivers have failed to give consideration to horse-riders on the road
More than 13,000 people have now signed a on-line petition calling for changes to the UK driving test following an incident near Bridgend last month in which a horse which was drawing a funeral hearse in a procession to Coychurch crematorium was killed by a vehicle which ran into it. The horse had to be put down after the collision.
Ms Wheeler Cooper says she supports the petition for a tightening-up of the driving test and is one of the signatories on it . She says “Drivers are in a rush and more selfish. Some drivers are terrible. If changes were made to the test they could not claim they didn’t know. It’s about educating drivers about safety around horses.”
The petition is demanding that the UK Government ensures that drivers are taught how to safely pass a horse or a horse-drawn carriage on the road – a skill which used to be taught but no longer is .