Highly-experienced rider died after horse spooked by cyclist, inquest hears

Bournemouth Echo: Highly-experienced rider died after horse spooked by cyclist, inquest hears Highly-experienced rider died after horse spooked by cyclist, inquest hears

A HIGHLY-experienced rider who had been around horses all his life died when his horse was spooked by a cyclist, an inquest heard.

Well-known businessman David Horton loved to trek through the Hampshire countryside on an animal that had competed at Hickstead, home of British show jumping.

But one of their regular rides ended in tragedy after the horse, Ace, was spooked by a cyclist.

Mr Horton was thrown from the saddle when the animal reacted to the bike coming up behind him, an inquest was told.

The 64-year-old father of two was taken to Southampton General Hospital but died after developing blood clots and suffering a cardiac arrest.

Speaking after the inquest his widow Jane, also 64, said the cyclist was using an unauthorised route across the New Forest when the accident happened in September last year.

She urged cycling enthusiasts to stick to official paths and give horses a wide berth to prevent any similar tragedies.

Mrs Horton added: “The bike came down a hill and approached David at speed from behind. Cyclists are supposed to use gravel tracks but this one was riding along one of the Forest tracks made by ponies.

“Cyclists need to be more aware of the way horses react if they’re approached in the wrong way and in the wrong place. David had ridden all his life and Ace had taken part in competitions – but horses are a flight animal.”

Her comments come amid increasing controversy over the problems being caused by the ever-increasing number of cyclists using the Forest, including the thousands of riders who take part in the Wiggle events.

Critics claim the two-wheeled “invasion” of the Forest is putting people at risk.

The accident involved a lone cyclist who was riding near Mr Horton’s home and business at Decoy Pond Farm, near Beaulieu.

Mrs Horton said her husband told her “I’m fine, don’t make a fuss” but was airlifted to hospital.

Consultant pathologist Dr Adrian Bateman told the inquest that Mr Horton suffered fractures to his ribs, spine and pelvis in the accident.

H e added: “ He seemed to be getting better but became unwell again. He had obvious breathing difficulties and suffered a cardiac arrest from which he could not be resuscitated.”

Mrs Horton told coroner Keith Wiseman: “His death was a big shock.

"At 4.30pm on the day he died they were still telling us that they could sort everything out. But he passed away at 7pm. We were absolutely overwhelmed by the tremendous care he received in hospital. They could not have been more caring.”

Mr Wiseman said Mr Horton’s medical problems were triggered by the fall and recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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8:49am Fri 17 Jan 14

Huey says...

ohhh nasty
ohhh nasty Huey

8:55am Fri 17 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

What a tragic story - RIP David. That is the problem with SOME cyclists especially when they are riding illegally on the pavements - you cannot hear them approaching and then all of a sudden they whizz past you and they show no courtesy to pedestrians and you usually get a mouthful if you challenge them!
What a tragic story - RIP David. That is the problem with SOME cyclists especially when they are riding illegally on the pavements - you cannot hear them approaching and then all of a sudden they whizz past you and they show no courtesy to pedestrians and you usually get a mouthful if you challenge them! suzigirl

9:08am Fri 17 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

suzigirl wrote:
What a tragic story - RIP David. That is the problem with SOME cyclists especially when they are riding illegally on the pavements - you cannot hear them approaching and then all of a sudden they whizz past you and they show no courtesy to pedestrians and you usually get a mouthful if you challenge them!
And even murder.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: What a tragic story - RIP David. That is the problem with SOME cyclists especially when they are riding illegally on the pavements - you cannot hear them approaching and then all of a sudden they whizz past you and they show no courtesy to pedestrians and you usually get a mouthful if you challenge them![/p][/quote]And even murder. pete woodley

9:23am Fri 17 Jan 14

EGHH says...

This is the problem with cyclists who think they can break the traffic laws with immunity. Motorists are told time and time again to slow down and give horses a wide berth.

Now the Transport Minister has told cyclists that its OK to ride on the pavement and the Police to cut down the number of fixed penalty fines issued to cyclists. Madness!

The Government should be thinking up ways of tightening up on cyclists by licensing them after a test and making it a legal requirement for them to have third-party insurance as a minimum.

If they don't like riding on the road they should walk , which is what the pavement is for, not their private cycling path!!I
This is the problem with cyclists who think they can break the traffic laws with immunity. Motorists are told time and time again to slow down and give horses a wide berth. Now the Transport Minister has told cyclists that its OK to ride on the pavement and the Police to cut down the number of fixed penalty fines issued to cyclists. Madness! The Government should be thinking up ways of tightening up on cyclists by licensing them after a test and making it a legal requirement for them to have third-party insurance as a minimum. If they don't like riding on the road they should walk , which is what the pavement is for, not their private cycling path!!I EGHH

9:29am Fri 17 Jan 14

Arthur Maureen says...

And what about the many incidents involving motor vehicles spooking horses, not to mention the number of motor vehicles involved in hit and runs with animals in the forest. The Echo seem to have an agenda against cyclists, or could it be the adware / income from that users to this site, attracted to these inflammatory are subjected to..
Minority of cyclist, just like motorists are the problem, and give all a bad name.
And what about the many incidents involving motor vehicles spooking horses, not to mention the number of motor vehicles involved in hit and runs with animals in the forest. The Echo seem to have an agenda against cyclists, or could it be the adware / income from that users to this site, attracted to these inflammatory are subjected to.. Minority of cyclist, just like motorists are the problem, and give all a bad name. Arthur Maureen

10:06am Fri 17 Jan 14

InkZ says...

I ride in the new forest all the time. I always make sure to slow down and try to say hello or something before I'm too close so you don't surprise the horse. Bikes are so quiet it's easy to spook the horses.

Unfortunately, with all of this anti cycling press it just makes things more dangerous on the roads due to a lack of respect.

I really hate the word cyclist as it implies everyone on a bike is in the same club or something.
I ride in the new forest all the time. I always make sure to slow down and try to say hello or something before I'm too close so you don't surprise the horse. Bikes are so quiet it's easy to spook the horses. Unfortunately, with all of this anti cycling press it just makes things more dangerous on the roads due to a lack of respect. I really hate the word cyclist as it implies everyone on a bike is in the same club or something. InkZ

10:35am Fri 17 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

Arthur Maureen wrote:
And what about the many incidents involving motor vehicles spooking horses, not to mention the number of motor vehicles involved in hit and runs with animals in the forest. The Echo seem to have an agenda against cyclists, or could it be the adware / income from that users to this site, attracted to these inflammatory are subjected to.. Minority of cyclist, just like motorists are the problem, and give all a bad name.
The story is about a cyclist not a motorist!
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Maureen[/bold] wrote: And what about the many incidents involving motor vehicles spooking horses, not to mention the number of motor vehicles involved in hit and runs with animals in the forest. The Echo seem to have an agenda against cyclists, or could it be the adware / income from that users to this site, attracted to these inflammatory are subjected to.. Minority of cyclist, just like motorists are the problem, and give all a bad name.[/p][/quote]The story is about a cyclist not a motorist! suzigirl

10:36am Fri 17 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

EGHH wrote:
This is the problem with cyclists who think they can break the traffic laws with immunity. Motorists are told time and time again to slow down and give horses a wide berth. Now the Transport Minister has told cyclists that its OK to ride on the pavement and the Police to cut down the number of fixed penalty fines issued to cyclists. Madness! The Government should be thinking up ways of tightening up on cyclists by licensing them after a test and making it a legal requirement for them to have third-party insurance as a minimum. If they don't like riding on the road they should walk , which is what the pavement is for, not their private cycling path!!I
Could not have put it better myself!
[quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: This is the problem with cyclists who think they can break the traffic laws with immunity. Motorists are told time and time again to slow down and give horses a wide berth. Now the Transport Minister has told cyclists that its OK to ride on the pavement and the Police to cut down the number of fixed penalty fines issued to cyclists. Madness! The Government should be thinking up ways of tightening up on cyclists by licensing them after a test and making it a legal requirement for them to have third-party insurance as a minimum. If they don't like riding on the road they should walk , which is what the pavement is for, not their private cycling path!!I[/p][/quote]Could not have put it better myself! suzigirl

10:40am Fri 17 Jan 14

scrumpyjack says...

EGHH wrote:
This is the problem with cyclists who think they can break the traffic laws with immunity. Motorists are told time and time again to slow down and give horses a wide berth.

Now the Transport Minister has told cyclists that its OK to ride on the pavement and the Police to cut down the number of fixed penalty fines issued to cyclists. Madness!

The Government should be thinking up ways of tightening up on cyclists by licensing them after a test and making it a legal requirement for them to have third-party insurance as a minimum.

If they don't like riding on the road they should walk , which is what the pavement is for, not their private cycling path!!I
One case and you feel able to write this crud?

http://www.sunderlan
decho.com/news/crime
/teenagers-still-cri
tical-after-car-spoo
ked-horse-and-cart-1
-5637501

http://www.exeterexp
ressandecho.co.uk/Sp
ooked-horse-landed-s
peedster-Devon-Count
ry-lane/story-197130
35-detail/story.html


http://www.onenewspa
ge.co.uk/n/UK/74vzes
gvm/Spooked-horse-la
nded-on-top-of-car-a
fter.htm

http://www.myfoxdc.c
om/story/23341112/wo
man-thrown-from-hors
e-spooked-by-motorcy
cle#axzz2qeQ0g6Mr

http://www.grimsbyte
legraph.co.uk/Horse-
spooked-car-dies-roa
dside-Cleethorpes/st
ory-12947807-detail/
story.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-cam
bridgeshire-24142741


http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2474810/Lucinda-Wool
ley-inquest-Top-youn
g-British-rider-died
-horse-spooked.html


Story after story and you and the other idiot post what you did?
[quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: This is the problem with cyclists who think they can break the traffic laws with immunity. Motorists are told time and time again to slow down and give horses a wide berth. Now the Transport Minister has told cyclists that its OK to ride on the pavement and the Police to cut down the number of fixed penalty fines issued to cyclists. Madness! The Government should be thinking up ways of tightening up on cyclists by licensing them after a test and making it a legal requirement for them to have third-party insurance as a minimum. If they don't like riding on the road they should walk , which is what the pavement is for, not their private cycling path!!I[/p][/quote]One case and you feel able to write this crud? http://www.sunderlan decho.com/news/crime /teenagers-still-cri tical-after-car-spoo ked-horse-and-cart-1 -5637501 http://www.exeterexp ressandecho.co.uk/Sp ooked-horse-landed-s peedster-Devon-Count ry-lane/story-197130 35-detail/story.html http://www.onenewspa ge.co.uk/n/UK/74vzes gvm/Spooked-horse-la nded-on-top-of-car-a fter.htm http://www.myfoxdc.c om/story/23341112/wo man-thrown-from-hors e-spooked-by-motorcy cle#axzz2qeQ0g6Mr http://www.grimsbyte legraph.co.uk/Horse- spooked-car-dies-roa dside-Cleethorpes/st ory-12947807-detail/ story.html http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-cam bridgeshire-24142741 http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2474810/Lucinda-Wool ley-inquest-Top-youn g-British-rider-died -horse-spooked.html Story after story and you and the other idiot post what you did? scrumpyjack

10:42am Fri 17 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

InkZ wrote:
I ride in the new forest all the time. I always make sure to slow down and try to say hello or something before I'm too close so you don't surprise the horse. Bikes are so quiet it's easy to spook the horses. Unfortunately, with all of this anti cycling press it just makes things more dangerous on the roads due to a lack of respect. I really hate the word cyclist as it implies everyone on a bike is in the same club or something.
Unfortunately not all cyclists are like you - I show respect to law abiding cyclists on the road and give them plenty of room when passing. My daughter does 100 mile bikes so I am not anti-cyclist! Again if I see a horse on a road I slow down and give them plenty of room when passing! Out of interest what you like to be called instead of cyclist?
[quote][p][bold]InkZ[/bold] wrote: I ride in the new forest all the time. I always make sure to slow down and try to say hello or something before I'm too close so you don't surprise the horse. Bikes are so quiet it's easy to spook the horses. Unfortunately, with all of this anti cycling press it just makes things more dangerous on the roads due to a lack of respect. I really hate the word cyclist as it implies everyone on a bike is in the same club or something.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately not all cyclists are like you - I show respect to law abiding cyclists on the road and give them plenty of room when passing. My daughter does 100 mile bikes so I am not anti-cyclist! Again if I see a horse on a road I slow down and give them plenty of room when passing! Out of interest what you like to be called instead of cyclist? suzigirl

10:52am Fri 17 Jan 14

Arthur Maureen says...

suzigirl wrote:
EGHH wrote:
This is the problem with cyclists who think they can break the traffic laws with immunity. Motorists are told time and time again to slow down and give horses a wide berth. Now the Transport Minister has told cyclists that its OK to ride on the pavement and the Police to cut down the number of fixed penalty fines issued to cyclists. Madness! The Government should be thinking up ways of tightening up on cyclists by licensing them after a test and making it a legal requirement for them to have third-party insurance as a minimum. If they don't like riding on the road they should walk , which is what the pavement is for, not their private cycling path!!I
Could not have put it better myself!
I bow to your joint superior comments oh ignorant ones..
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: This is the problem with cyclists who think they can break the traffic laws with immunity. Motorists are told time and time again to slow down and give horses a wide berth. Now the Transport Minister has told cyclists that its OK to ride on the pavement and the Police to cut down the number of fixed penalty fines issued to cyclists. Madness! The Government should be thinking up ways of tightening up on cyclists by licensing them after a test and making it a legal requirement for them to have third-party insurance as a minimum. If they don't like riding on the road they should walk , which is what the pavement is for, not their private cycling path!!I[/p][/quote]Could not have put it better myself![/p][/quote]I bow to your joint superior comments oh ignorant ones.. Arthur Maureen

10:53am Fri 17 Jan 14

Arthur Maureen says...

suzigirl wrote:
InkZ wrote:
I ride in the new forest all the time. I always make sure to slow down and try to say hello or something before I'm too close so you don't surprise the horse. Bikes are so quiet it's easy to spook the horses. Unfortunately, with all of this anti cycling press it just makes things more dangerous on the roads due to a lack of respect. I really hate the word cyclist as it implies everyone on a bike is in the same club or something.
Unfortunately not all cyclists are like you - I show respect to law abiding cyclists on the road and give them plenty of room when passing. My daughter does 100 mile bikes so I am not anti-cyclist! Again if I see a horse on a road I slow down and give them plenty of room when passing! Out of interest what you like to be called instead of cyclist?
Your no anti-cyclist?? you must just be a troll then..
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InkZ[/bold] wrote: I ride in the new forest all the time. I always make sure to slow down and try to say hello or something before I'm too close so you don't surprise the horse. Bikes are so quiet it's easy to spook the horses. Unfortunately, with all of this anti cycling press it just makes things more dangerous on the roads due to a lack of respect. I really hate the word cyclist as it implies everyone on a bike is in the same club or something.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately not all cyclists are like you - I show respect to law abiding cyclists on the road and give them plenty of room when passing. My daughter does 100 mile bikes so I am not anti-cyclist! Again if I see a horse on a road I slow down and give them plenty of room when passing! Out of interest what you like to be called instead of cyclist?[/p][/quote]Your no anti-cyclist?? you must just be a troll then.. Arthur Maureen

11:28am Fri 17 Jan 14

billy bumble says...

What I find quite instructive is that , whatever the rights/wrongs/merits of cycling re driving,someone like Arthur Maureen wades straight into the fray ( in 3 posts ) without expressing any remorse or sympathy over the death of a man who died as a result of the actions of a cyclist ( and yes it could just as easily have been a motorist or even a pedestrian )

Not very nice
What I find quite instructive is that , whatever the rights/wrongs/merits of cycling re driving,someone like Arthur Maureen wades straight into the fray ( in 3 posts ) without expressing any remorse or sympathy over the death of a man who died as a result of the actions of a cyclist ( and yes it could just as easily have been a motorist or even a pedestrian ) Not very nice billy bumble

11:51am Fri 17 Jan 14

Richard of Wantage says...

suzigirl wrote:
What a tragic story - RIP David. That is the problem with SOME cyclists especially when they are riding illegally on the pavements - you cannot hear them approaching and then all of a sudden they whizz past you and they show no courtesy to pedestrians and you usually get a mouthful if you challenge them!
Please read again, this story is not about cyclists on pavements!
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: What a tragic story - RIP David. That is the problem with SOME cyclists especially when they are riding illegally on the pavements - you cannot hear them approaching and then all of a sudden they whizz past you and they show no courtesy to pedestrians and you usually get a mouthful if you challenge them![/p][/quote]Please read again, this story is not about cyclists on pavements! Richard of Wantage

12:03pm Fri 17 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

Richard of Wantage wrote:
suzigirl wrote: What a tragic story - RIP David. That is the problem with SOME cyclists especially when they are riding illegally on the pavements - you cannot hear them approaching and then all of a sudden they whizz past you and they show no courtesy to pedestrians and you usually get a mouthful if you challenge them!
Please read again, this story is not about cyclists on pavements!
As I do not ride a horse myself I was just commenting on what happens on the pavements in Poole!
[quote][p][bold]Richard of Wantage[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: What a tragic story - RIP David. That is the problem with SOME cyclists especially when they are riding illegally on the pavements - you cannot hear them approaching and then all of a sudden they whizz past you and they show no courtesy to pedestrians and you usually get a mouthful if you challenge them![/p][/quote]Please read again, this story is not about cyclists on pavements![/p][/quote]As I do not ride a horse myself I was just commenting on what happens on the pavements in Poole! suzigirl

12:05pm Fri 17 Jan 14

ranger_bob says...

Just to play Devil's Advocate for a while, let's look at the facts.

Mr Wiseman said Mr Horton’s medical problems were triggered by the fall and recorded a verdict of accidental death.

At no point is the fall attributed to the cyclist by the coroner. We only have the wife's word that it was caused by the cyclist. Horses are incredibly flighted creatures and can be spooked by weather, birds or anything (including a cyclist).

This was an absolute tragedy and I wish the family well, but let's stop the finger pointing for a change as none of us was there and none of us know what really happened.
Just to play Devil's Advocate for a while, let's look at the facts. Mr Wiseman said Mr Horton’s medical problems were triggered by the fall and recorded a verdict of accidental death. At no point is the fall attributed to the cyclist by the coroner. We only have the wife's word that it was caused by the cyclist. Horses are incredibly flighted creatures and can be spooked by weather, birds or anything (including a cyclist). This was an absolute tragedy and I wish the family well, but let's stop the finger pointing for a change as none of us was there and none of us know what really happened. ranger_bob

12:09pm Fri 17 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

billy bumble wrote:
What I find quite instructive is that , whatever the rights/wrongs/merits of cycling re driving,someone like Arthur Maureen wades straight into the fray ( in 3 posts ) without expressing any remorse or sympathy over the death of a man who died as a result of the actions of a cyclist ( and yes it could just as easily have been a motorist or even a pedestrian ) Not very nice
Exactly - you read the story and comment on the story and then you are abused by certain other commentors being called a troll/anti-cyclist of which I am neither. Freedom of speech and all that!
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: What I find quite instructive is that , whatever the rights/wrongs/merits of cycling re driving,someone like Arthur Maureen wades straight into the fray ( in 3 posts ) without expressing any remorse or sympathy over the death of a man who died as a result of the actions of a cyclist ( and yes it could just as easily have been a motorist or even a pedestrian ) Not very nice[/p][/quote]Exactly - you read the story and comment on the story and then you are abused by certain other commentors being called a troll/anti-cyclist of which I am neither. Freedom of speech and all that! suzigirl

12:11pm Fri 17 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

Arthur Maureen wrote:
suzigirl wrote:
InkZ wrote: I ride in the new forest all the time. I always make sure to slow down and try to say hello or something before I'm too close so you don't surprise the horse. Bikes are so quiet it's easy to spook the horses. Unfortunately, with all of this anti cycling press it just makes things more dangerous on the roads due to a lack of respect. I really hate the word cyclist as it implies everyone on a bike is in the same club or something.
Unfortunately not all cyclists are like you - I show respect to law abiding cyclists on the road and give them plenty of room when passing. My daughter does 100 mile bikes so I am not anti-cyclist! Again if I see a horse on a road I slow down and give them plenty of room when passing! Out of interest what you like to be called instead of cyclist?
Your no anti-cyclist?? you must just be a troll then..
Are you Scottish? "Your no anti-cyclist?"
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Maureen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InkZ[/bold] wrote: I ride in the new forest all the time. I always make sure to slow down and try to say hello or something before I'm too close so you don't surprise the horse. Bikes are so quiet it's easy to spook the horses. Unfortunately, with all of this anti cycling press it just makes things more dangerous on the roads due to a lack of respect. I really hate the word cyclist as it implies everyone on a bike is in the same club or something.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately not all cyclists are like you - I show respect to law abiding cyclists on the road and give them plenty of room when passing. My daughter does 100 mile bikes so I am not anti-cyclist! Again if I see a horse on a road I slow down and give them plenty of room when passing! Out of interest what you like to be called instead of cyclist?[/p][/quote]Your no anti-cyclist?? you must just be a troll then..[/p][/quote]Are you Scottish? "Your no anti-cyclist?" suzigirl

1:31pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Repo says...

suzigirl wrote:
What a tragic story - RIP David. That is the problem with SOME cyclists especially when they are riding illegally on the pavements - you cannot hear them approaching and then all of a sudden they whizz past you and they show no courtesy to pedestrians and you usually get a mouthful if you challenge them!
You've slated someone for making an 'irrelevant' comment. and then go and do the same yourself !!! Such a Hypocrite!




10:35am Fri 17 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

Arthur Maureen wrote:
And what about the many incidents involving motor vehicles spooking horses, not to mention the number of motor vehicles involved in hit and runs with animals in the forest. The Echo seem to have an agenda against cyclists, or could it be the adware / income from that users to this site, attracted to these inflammatory are subjected to.. Minority of cyclist, just like motorists are the problem, and give all a bad name.

The story is about a cyclist not a motorist!
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: What a tragic story - RIP David. That is the problem with SOME cyclists especially when they are riding illegally on the pavements - you cannot hear them approaching and then all of a sudden they whizz past you and they show no courtesy to pedestrians and you usually get a mouthful if you challenge them![/p][/quote]You've slated someone for making an 'irrelevant' comment. and then go and do the same yourself !!! Such a Hypocrite! 10:35am Fri 17 Jan 14 suzigirl says... Arthur Maureen wrote: And what about the many incidents involving motor vehicles spooking horses, not to mention the number of motor vehicles involved in hit and runs with animals in the forest. The Echo seem to have an agenda against cyclists, or could it be the adware / income from that users to this site, attracted to these inflammatory are subjected to.. Minority of cyclist, just like motorists are the problem, and give all a bad name. The story is about a cyclist not a motorist! Repo

2:54pm Fri 17 Jan 14

s-pb2 says...

EGHH wrote:
This is the problem with cyclists who think they can break the traffic laws with immunity. Motorists are told time and time again to slow down and give horses a wide berth.

Now the Transport Minister has told cyclists that its OK to ride on the pavement and the Police to cut down the number of fixed penalty fines issued to cyclists. Madness!

The Government should be thinking up ways of tightening up on cyclists by licensing them after a test and making it a legal requirement for them to have third-party insurance as a minimum.

If they don't like riding on the road they should walk , which is what the pavement is for, not their private cycling path!!I
How do you licence and insure an 8 year old?
[quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: This is the problem with cyclists who think they can break the traffic laws with immunity. Motorists are told time and time again to slow down and give horses a wide berth. Now the Transport Minister has told cyclists that its OK to ride on the pavement and the Police to cut down the number of fixed penalty fines issued to cyclists. Madness! The Government should be thinking up ways of tightening up on cyclists by licensing them after a test and making it a legal requirement for them to have third-party insurance as a minimum. If they don't like riding on the road they should walk , which is what the pavement is for, not their private cycling path!!I[/p][/quote]How do you licence and insure an 8 year old? s-pb2

3:09pm Fri 17 Jan 14

mikeymagic says...

It's a shame this has turned into another car v's bike row. I think the actual story is about a tragic death. RIP and condolences to the family seem slightly more appropriate to me.
It's a shame this has turned into another car v's bike row. I think the actual story is about a tragic death. RIP and condolences to the family seem slightly more appropriate to me. mikeymagic

4:24pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Arthur Maureen says...

suzigirl wrote:
Arthur Maureen wrote:
suzigirl wrote:
InkZ wrote: I ride in the new forest all the time. I always make sure to slow down and try to say hello or something before I'm too close so you don't surprise the horse. Bikes are so quiet it's easy to spook the horses. Unfortunately, with all of this anti cycling press it just makes things more dangerous on the roads due to a lack of respect. I really hate the word cyclist as it implies everyone on a bike is in the same club or something.
Unfortunately not all cyclists are like you - I show respect to law abiding cyclists on the road and give them plenty of room when passing. My daughter does 100 mile bikes so I am not anti-cyclist! Again if I see a horse on a road I slow down and give them plenty of room when passing! Out of interest what you like to be called instead of cyclist?
Your no anti-cyclist?? you must just be a troll then..
Are you Scottish? "Your no anti-cyclist?"
As I mentioned previously, I bow to your superiority. Your awesome.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Arthur Maureen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InkZ[/bold] wrote: I ride in the new forest all the time. I always make sure to slow down and try to say hello or something before I'm too close so you don't surprise the horse. Bikes are so quiet it's easy to spook the horses. Unfortunately, with all of this anti cycling press it just makes things more dangerous on the roads due to a lack of respect. I really hate the word cyclist as it implies everyone on a bike is in the same club or something.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately not all cyclists are like you - I show respect to law abiding cyclists on the road and give them plenty of room when passing. My daughter does 100 mile bikes so I am not anti-cyclist! Again if I see a horse on a road I slow down and give them plenty of room when passing! Out of interest what you like to be called instead of cyclist?[/p][/quote]Your no anti-cyclist?? you must just be a troll then..[/p][/quote]Are you Scottish? "Your no anti-cyclist?"[/p][/quote]As I mentioned previously, I bow to your superiority. Your awesome. Arthur Maureen

1:49pm Sat 18 Jan 14

elfinia says...

I think that some of "the public" no longer understand the nature of horses and how to approach them.
100 years ago everyone was familiar with horses and understood their nature and how to deal with them. These days our relationship with horses is a distant memory and people are often ignorant in this regard. There needs to be a campaign to educate road users.

Very sad story.
I think that some of "the public" no longer understand the nature of horses and how to approach them. 100 years ago everyone was familiar with horses and understood their nature and how to deal with them. These days our relationship with horses is a distant memory and people are often ignorant in this regard. There needs to be a campaign to educate road users. Very sad story. elfinia

8:24am Sun 19 Jan 14

Avengerboy says...

Oh no, a cyclist story in the Echo cue ..... pavement/tax/ law unto themselves/illegal/ no lights/ dark clothes etc. Having been around horses for few years I can categorically state this tragic accident could of been caused by a stray crisp packet in the breeze .... ban crisps?
Oh no, a cyclist story in the Echo cue ..... pavement/tax/ law unto themselves/illegal/ no lights/ dark clothes etc. Having been around horses for few years I can categorically state this tragic accident could of been caused by a stray crisp packet in the breeze .... ban crisps? Avengerboy

8:39am Sun 19 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

A message to all cyclists
Don't wear light coloured clothes in the winter
Unless you don't mind being run over
by a snow plough.
A message to all cyclists Don't wear light coloured clothes in the winter Unless you don't mind being run over by a snow plough. nickynoodah

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