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Speeding cars a danger to horses

Richard Greenhalgh at Eccleston Equestrian Centre, who has taken the decision to stop riders going on the roads in Leyland due to speeders

Richard Greenhalgh at Eccleston Equestrian Centre, who has taken the decision to stop riders going on the roads in Leyland due to speeders

Horse riders have been taken off the roads in Leyland because of the threat posed by speeding cars.

Richard Greenhalgh, manager of Eccleston Equestrian Centre, in Ulnes Walton Lane, has put the welfare of his riders and horses first and opted not take them down Ulnes Walton Lane.

Mr Greenhalgh, 56, who is a British Horse Society intermediate instructor and a riding road safety examiner, has made the decision purely for safety reasons.

He said: “It’s down to the volume of traffic and the speed that the cars go down the road. It’s not very pleasant for anybody.

“We really do struggle to get off Ulnes Walton Lane and getting on to the safer green lanes.

“The decision was taken and it doesn’t put any of the clients or horses under pressure.”

Mr Greenhalgh has been involved with the centre for 20 years.

He feels that riders should acknowledge road users and thinks it would go a long way to building relationships on the road.

He added: “I always make my riders acknowledge cars that slow down and give plenty of room for the horse.

“It goes a long way that they are acknowledged, and in my experience the people who give the most space are the HGV and bus drivers.”

Currently the speed limit to travel past a horse is 15mph.

Mr Greenhalgh feels many drivers are unaware of the correct speed.

He said: “I don’t think all drivers are aware of the speed limit.

“Serious consequences can happen if they go past the horse quickly.

“They can get scared and lose control and somebody could ultimately die.

“Horses are very heavy and they could easily back into a car and cause a lot of damage to everyone.

“Not all drivers understand about horses on the road. They take up different angles to go round corners as usually it’s the shortest route, and they don’t follow the same rules as the cars.

“We wanted to take action before an accident happened.”

 

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