An insight into why horses may spook kindly done by Horses and Road Safety Awareness, please check out their Facebook page.
Have any non-horsey people ever wondered why horses 'spook'?
Spook meaning jump to the side, run forwards, back up..., rear, kick out/buck or even bolt... around cyclists its because they can't hear you or see you until you have almost reached their shoulder, see diagram. The silent cyclist will often take the rider by surprise too! The same applies to lovely walkers ahead who kindly step back out of sight to allow a horse and rider to pass, the horse can't see you but it can hear you so now you have become a hedge monster which they will not want to pass. So cyclists, please call out 'bike behind' then slow down and pass widely and walkers, make yourself seen and talk to us, we won't bite honestly and once we get near you then step back so we can quietly walk past. If you are a dog walker, be kind to your dog and our horses, recall your dog and pop it back on a lead just while we get past each other, your dog might be ok with horses but our horses might not be ok with your dog. We are happy to share our bridleways with other vulnerable users but please look out for horses and be aware of how to pass safely, thank you for reading.
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