What can drivers do to help keep horses safe?
A horse was injured and its rider left shocked and upset after a tyre burst on a van as it was about to pass them.
Jo Langley said she and her friend, Nicola Keen, were riding along Scotchman Lane, Morley, when they heard a loud bang about 100 yards behind them.
But despite the horses being obviously in distress the van driver continued to wave traffic past them, they claimed.
“Our horses were scared out of their wits and, as you can imagine, they were frantic.
“We tried to calm them down and quickly we noticed an Asda van driving past us with no tyre, which is what the bang had been, his tyre had blown. There were sparks and bits of rubber flying all over, hitting the horses and a huge racket.”
Jo said the driver pulled up and even though he could see the horses were scared, especially her mare who was rearing and leaping about on the icy pavement, he continued to wave traffic past.
They finally got their horses under control and the driver drove away.
Jo said: “We were very lucky, my friend and I were unharmed, however my confidence has taken a big knock.
“My mare, however has strained her neck requiring physio.
“She is also now very nervous in traffic, so I’m having to pay a professional to ride her out for the time being to get her used to traffic again.
“The outcome could have been a whole lot worse if it had been someone less experienced than ourselves, or children.
A spokesman for Asda said: “We take reports like this very seriously and are sorry for any distress caused.
“We are investigating what has happened and are keeping Miss Langley informed.
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