This week is Road Safety Week, a national event, run by road safety charity Brake, which aims to prevent road deaths and injuries.
It is not just people who are at risk on the road, but horses too.
To coincide with Road Safety Week, the British Horse Society has revealed that there have been over 2,000 reports of road incidents involving horses in the last five years. The BHS launched its ‘Dead or Dead Slow?’ campaign in March to raise awareness of road safety and to call for greater protection for horses and riders.
The racing industry has also been working to improve road safety for racehorses. As an example, West Berkshire Council and Lambourn Parish Council have worked with Jockey Club Estates to develop and install a unique bespoke cross in Berkshire, which alerts drivers to the horses’ presence, to help racehorses and riders cross the Upper Lambourn Road safely as they travel to and from the gallops.
British Racing is committed to providing the best possible standards of care for its horses and has invested, via the Horserace Betting Levy Board, over £32 million since 2000 in Veterinary Research and Education. The sport's substantial investment brings benefits for all breeds of horse in Britain.