‘Stop, Stand Speak’ – Keeping safe around horses

We were recently forwarded this from the local horse riders with advice on dealing with horses mores safely, the ‘Stop, Stand Speak’ advice is pretty sound to minimise startling horses. Here is the full info and video from Forestry Commission Wales below….

Respect: Share the Trail, a new video produced by  Forestry Commission Wales in association with The British Horse Society, shows bikers how to help keep Wales’s forests safe by being more aware of horse riders sharing the popular paths: “Stop, Stand, Speak”.

The two-minute clip, filmed in Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian, near Aberystwyth, shows how trails can be made safer for all if consideration is given to horse riders.

Forestry Commission Wales Visitor Management Advisor, Dave Liddy, said: “As a responsible land manager, we want to raise the awareness of mountain bikers using our trails, but the message is just as applicable anywhere in the countryside. It’s been great to deal with the British Horse Society on this issue and sense the shared passion for the countryside that they have with mountain bikers.”

There are estimated to be around 90,000 horses in Wales and horse riding is permitted in most of the Forestry Commission’s woodlands. Also, both mountain bikers and horse riders are legally allowed to use public bridleways, byways and unclassified public roads in the wider countryside.

“The potential for conflict is obvious. The ‘Stop, Stand, Speak’ message really ought to be at the forefront of any bike rider’s mind,” said Dave.

BHS Director of Access Safety and Welfare, Mark Weston, said; “We were pleased to work with Forestry Commission Wales on this project which  promotes cooperation between bikers and riders. Consideration on both sides will make everyone’s access to the forests safer and more enjoyable.”

The video can also be viewed at www.forestry.gov.uk/mtbwales, or on www.mbwales.com