Injured horse rider urges drivers to slow down after road accident

Horse riding on the road

Meg Worrell-Hart was thrown off her horse after it was struck by a car travelling at 45mph. She went on social media network Facebook and wrote an open letter urging all drivers to slow down.

The letter has went global and has been shared by over 55,000 people and has received thousands of comments of support – and anger at the driver who hit the horse.

Both were injured as a result of the accident, with Ms Worrell-Hart’s horse Dave suffering from a suspected hairline fracture and bruising.

In the post, she urges drivers that “Next time you see a horse and rider on the road please think. There is a person aboard that horse who has a family and is cared about. That horse is everything to them. That person cares for his needs twice a day. Every day. All year round. He is their family, their friend, their teammate, their everything.

“That horse and rider on the road may be an inconvenience in your busy life but they are real people and animals who feel fear and pain who are loved and cared about and they deserve your respect.

“You have to slow down or people are going to die.”

This issue has been highlighted in the past with a controversial campaign in 2016 from the British Horse Society (BHS) Dead? Or Dead Slow? which aimed to educate drivers on the distance and speed they should consider when passing a horse and rider on the road. BHS ask horse riders to report all horse riding accidents – or near misses - to them so more can be done to make it safer for riders.

Last year it was highlighted that since 2010, 38 riders and 222 horses have been killed in accidents on UK roads. Safety director of BHS Alan Hiscox states: “80% of these accidents are avoidable because drivers are travelling too fast or too close to horses, or both. So we’re asking drivers to slow down to a maximum of 15mph when they see the horse, pass wide and slow and drive away slowly."

For safety advice about taking your horse on the road please see Horse riders: Be road savvy, be seen, be protected.