Posted on 17th November 2018
The BHS are appealing to the general public to write to their MP to ensure that the safety needs of equestrians are not forgotten in the Highway Code Review.
Following the recent Highway Code review announcement, The British Horse Society (BHS) is urgently appealing to the general public to write to their MP to ensure the safety needs of equestrians are not forgotten in the Highway Code Review.
Thanks to our members and supporters, the British Horse Society was referenced in a House of Commons debate on 5th November about revisions to the Highway Code.
The Deputy Minister for Transport was asked by a number of MP’s why horses had been excluded in plans for the review.
We’re very grateful that our members and supporters responded to our request and emailed their respective MP’s asking them to raise this issue in the house.
It’s not too late! If you haven’t already done so, please write or email your MP and ask them to lobby the Minister for Transport to include horses in the review as a vulnerable road user group.
Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety for The British Horse Society said: “Now is a crucial time for constituents to write to their MP to urge them to raise the question as to why the needs of equestrians were not referenced in the proposed review.
“To improve the safety of all vulnerable road users it is vital that MPs ask that consideration is given to review and strengthen the wording of Section 163 (Overtaking) and Section 215 (Horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles). The advice and guidance should not only explain why drivers should take extra care and slow down when passing horses but also the consequences of passing too close and too fast”.
To date, according to BHS statistics, 237 horses and 40 riders have been killed as a result of their injuries following a road incident. 899 horses have been injured and 85% of these incidents are because drivers pass too fast or too close.
As the nights are drawing in it is a reminder to all of us to wear hi viz when riding out. It is also important to wear them on a sunny day.
Posted on 13th November 2018
Posted on 7th November 2018
A huge thank you to John from Diamond Fire for his time on Saturday. It was very generous of him to give up his Satuday morning. He donated all the fire extinguishers free of charge and the competition prizes. We are extremely grateful to him.
THANK YOU !!
Thank you to all our liveries who attended our Fire Safety Day.
Court Bank Farm is in safer hands due to our liveries having had this experience and training.
We had a very informative and enjoyable morning.
We all had a lovely sandwich, thank you to Annette and Andrea for cooking those for us. They were delicious.
We all learnt how to use a fire extinguisher and we actually had a go at letting off two different types of fire extinguishers.
I for one feel much more confident about using a fire extinguisher if ever we needed too.
We split in to groups of four and John set us a competion to see if we had been paying attention!
The winners were Brian, Michelle, Harriet and Denise. They all won a fire extinguisher and fire blanket each to take home.
We also had the support of Andrea from the British Horse Society who also enjoyed the morning. Click here to see the BHS facebook page.
A lovely suprise was a visit from our local fire brigade who unfortunately after only being on site for a few minutes were called out on a shout!
However, the Animal Rescue team of the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue were able to stay.
They gave us a very interesting talk on what they are trained to do to help horses and large animals in an emergency situation including road traffic accidents.
They are highly skilled and highly trained and I was so impressed with the work they do. Animal rescue has moved on in leaps and bounds over the years .
They talked us through some very important safety instructions of what to do in the event of a fire at Court Bank Farm.
We are all now very clear of our evacuation plan in the unlikely event of a fire.
For all the liveries who did not attentd we will be going through this with you.
The Animal Rescue Team of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue are in need of a horse trailer to help with their training.
It would need to be road worthy so they can tow it between stations but it would not be used to transport animals (just their dummy horse!).
If you have a trailer you no longer need and you are willing to donate it for this invaluable training please do get in touch with either Andrea from the West Midlands BHS or myself.
Posted on 1st November 2018
It’s that time of year again when we will all be concerned about Fireworks and how our horses are going to react. Do we leave them in or do we leave them out?
Fireworks can upset and frighten even the most sensible of horses.
Understandably horses and fireworks don’t mix. Horses are flight animals and so naturally they don’t like the fact that there are loud bangs and bright flashes up in the sky that they can’t run from.
Even the calmest of horses can be affected because they have no warning of when the fireworks will be going off.
Horses are animals that like to have routines. Ideally, to keep your horse happy you would stick as close to their usual routine as possible. This means that if your horse normally lives out you could actually cause them more stress by bringing them in. However, if you know that your horse is happy to be stabled then you may choose to do so. Remember, though, that fireworks are not restricted to just bonfire night and so could be going off days before.
This is some really good information from the BHS website click here to read.
Posted on 22nd October 2018
John from Diamond Fire have offered to come and give us a fire safety talk and he will be bringing us some fire extinguishers so that we can have a go at physically letting off a fire extinguisher.
The demonstration and talk will only be for 1/2 hour, please could all liveries attend so that we all know what to do in the event of a fire.
We will be providing breakfast.
We did this a couple of years ago and it was great fun.
Please click here to see how our last safety talk went which was just over 2 years ago!! where does the time go?
The BHS are going to attend the morning which will be lovely, they will be bringing some Christmas gifts and cards to sell and will also be there to discuss just what the BHS can offer us as riders and horse owners. Please do click this link to see about the benefits of joining the BHS.