A group of horse riders in the Chalfonts are calling on the public to remain considerate and observant following a recent change in rules of the Highway Code.
Key changes to the High Way Code include that drivers are now advised to pass horses at no more than 10mph, and at two metres’ distance gap.
Horse rider Olivia Warner from Dibden Hill Stables said: “I have been horse riding around the Chalfonts for over 25 years, and despite extensive development to the area, there are still pockets of countryside to ride horses away from the roads.
“Horses are a common sight in the Chalfonts and with the exception of a couple of stables who benefit from direct access to bridleways, most horse riders need to use the local roads to access the remaining areas of rural land.
“The roads in the Chalfonts are undoubtedly busier than ever, with on-street parking becoming an increasing obstacle around the villages.”
“In recent weeks, since the changes to the Highway Code came into effect, horse riders around the Chalfonts are continuing to encounter dangerous and inconsiderate car drivers on the local roads.
“These have included car drivers speeding past horses, deliberate engine revving, sounding the car horn to startle horses, and in two reported cases young teenage horse riders have experienced verbal abuse from car drivers, demanding they leave the road.
“Please be considerate and cautious of horse riders when you see us on the local roads. We are simply out enjoying our hobby, and desperately want to stay safe in the process.”
She added that breaches to the Highway Code involving horses should be reported to the local police and the British Horse Society.