The British Horse Society (BHS) has launched a new campaign that aims to encourage drivers to take it slow when sharing the road with horse riders.
There are an increasing number of reported accidents and incidents involving horse riders and cars.
In the past 5 years there have been over 2,000 reports of road incidents involving vehicles and horses.
The most common month for these incidents to occur is June, with the peak time for these accidents being 11am.
Of these 2,000 incidents reported, 181 accidents resulted in the death of a horse and 36 accidents caused the death of the rider.
The BHS has launched this campaign to make drivers aware of the need to slow down to 15 miles per hour when encountering horses on the road, as well as to give riders plenty of room.
When passing horses drivers are urged to not only slow down to 15mph, but also to be patient, not to sound their horn or rev their engine, pass at least a car's width wide and drive away slowly.
To find out more about this campaign.
DIA's Karen Bransgove comments:
"The theory and hazard perception tests do incorporate 'dealing with horses' but instructors have a responsibility to discuss and teach all potential hazards, including horses and how to overtake them safety as part of and included in the learning process. It is not realistic to incorporate passing and approaching horses as part of the driving test, as this can be for some areas not possible or appropriate i.e. Greater London and built up areas in cities".