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Campaigners want speed limits in rural areas to be cut in a bid to cut the amount of accidents involving horses and riders.

Figures revealed by the British Horse show during the last seven years, 222 horses and 38 riders have died in accidents involving cars since 2010, an increase of 29% coming in the last year. A total of 2,510 incidents were reported, with 81% due to motorists not allowing enough room between their car and the horse.

In the wake of the figures, the BHS is demanding reduced speed limits in rural areas “where there is frequent equestrian activity”.

The BHS say 20% of accidents involve a horse being hit by a vehicle; 40% are the result of road rage.

No specific speed limit has been suggested, but a report commissioned by the charity stressed that it would be unwise for motorists to travel at speeds exceeding 60 mph on roads frequented by horses.

Horse riders have also been advised to consider wearing clothing that is more visible to other road users.

The BHS’ Alan Hiscox said: “Roads are getting busier, and we have seen an increase in incidents in the last year.” Hiscox urged that “something has to be done”, highlighting the report “recommends reducing the national speed limit on rural roads, where there is frequent equestrian activity; it could save the lives of both the horse and rider, and other vulnerable road users.”

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