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Horse manure on the road is dangerous

As a biker I do not understand why horses are allowed on the road.  Horse riders are for ever complaining about vehicles not giving them room, yet they allow their animals to foul the road. 

All you can do is hope and pray...

Don't they realise that when other vehicles, which pay road tax to drive on the public highway, hit this crap it creates a major danger.  I ride to work 20 miles a day through country villages (the most direct route for me). One of these villages is the home of one of the country's major polo clubs, along the main road through the village there are many blind bends.  You are riding along at a safe speed when you lean into a bend and there it is in the middle of the road, worse than ice, where do you go?  All you can do is hope and pray.

Why is it in this day and age where people are fined £500 for letting their dogs foul the verges, is it that horses are allowed on the road?  Why don't they ride around with a shovel on the back of their saddle so that they can remove their own crap.

horse crap in the road On top of this, especially near these polo grounds or hunting sites you have the typical upper class country folk who ride along and look at you as if you were the person who should not be on the road.  Not so long back one of these stuck up b*****s decided that a friends car, which had slowed down to overtake her horse passed to close and smacked it with her whip causing extensive damage.  Funny she hadn't any insurance and was not taking the blame and the Police don't accept it as criminal damage.

In conclusion, why is it that a horse which is not completely under the control of its rider, has a brain of its own, which does not have to pay any insurance or tax to go on the public highway, is allowed to leave its excrement on the road?

By: Duggy

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That is telling her G.O.W. You could have mentioned the sheep droppings all over the Horseshoe pass. Very slippy when fresh.

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boblet - 14-Jul-14 12:12

It is the responsibility of the driver/bike rider to drive at a suitable speed allowing for obstacles in the road, particularly around blind bends.

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grumpyoldwoman - 14-Jul-14 09:21

Oh dear Kyle. Do you really think that horses are the only obstacle you may find in the road if you go too fast around a blind bend?
Or horse manure the only thing that may be on the road surface to hamper motorcyclists?

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grumpyoldwoman - 14-Jul-14 09:11

A local auctioneer describes certain lots, as "box's of household items". He maintains that certain customers spends hours filling these box's with nothing.

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boblet - 13-Jul-14 14:11

Howay the lads. couldn't use the right thread now could I?

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boblet - 12-Jul-14 22:38

Horse riders can be the most dangerous people on our roads. There has been many motorcycle accidents and a few deaths from riders skidding off road or into oncoming traffic because of driving through or trying to avoid large piles of horse mess. Also if there are more than one horse rider, they will never be in single file (is this to stop one horse walking through anothers poo, after all no bacteria right), they ride side-by-side, so when going round a bend, you quickly approach an obstacle the size of a large car going slower than a cyclist, most peoples initial reaction would be to avoid this obstacle and swerve on to the wrong side of the road and for some it could be their last. When walking my dog I must carry a load of plastic bags for his poo, then carry it all until I find a bin, or I get fined every time he poos when walking him. As far as I know ,a horse can carry lot of weight and im not saying carry a 1/4 ton of horse poo home but cant horse riders carry a small telescopic shovel (like the ones we keep in the boots of our cars at winter) just to scrape it to the side of the road. And please don't post and say it would be difficult to dismount, safely tie up your horse and clean the mess, unless you could say it in person to the mothers of the victims who have been KILLED in this way.

Apologies for the wall of words but I have strong feelings about this subject.

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Kyle - 12-Jul-14 16:17

I didn't mean anything that i said in my last comment. I'm really sorry. I realise that horses and horse riders are a pain in the backside.

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Joanne - 9-May-14 23:12

Some of you people haven't got the brains you were born with, horses were on the road long before cars and motor bike. And I actually DO HAVE INSURANCE to ride my horse !! As for cleaning up horse poo if you actually did the research before spouting off and making yourself look stupid then you would know that horse manure isn't dangerous and toxic like dog poo is, it's also a natural fertiliser so of it bothers you that much pick it up and put it on your garden. As for been made to pick it up it would be impossible to ride your horse, carry a shovel and bags and then ride around with it so stop talking rubbish !!!

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Joanne - 9-May-14 16:26

Yup, I can tell you the answer to your question. It is not illegal to not "pick up" after your horse on bridle paths and the public highway. Horses are not supposed to go onto the pavement, so strictly speaking you could say it is illegal not to pick up after your horse if it has defecated on the pavement ... certainly it is a decent thing to do. IF you aware that your horse has "gone", then after your ride it would be nice to go back and clear up. Trouble is, you don't always know when he has gone because they can defecate on the move!

The reason riders ride on pavements is one of safety. You only have to read some of the comments on this web site alone to know that there are some idiots out there who think they are above the law and who consider that horses should not be allowed on our roads. Thus, us riders are forced to ride on the pavement for our own safety. We would all much prefer never to have to put hoof to tarmac, but every day more and more bridleways are disappearing or becoming impassable, and then there is the problem of how do you reach the bridleways without travelling on the road - unless you are lucky enough to have one right next to where your horse is stabled.

Thirdly horse poo is absolutely of no risk to children, unlike dog poo or indeed cow poo. Horse worms - with the exception of tape worm - do not infest humans.

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Nikki - 25-Mar-14 16:37

Hey all, long time reader first time writer...
I am interested to know what the laws are regarding horses waste and bridal paths if anyone knows for definite. I couldn't care less if there are people who ride horses, but I think consideration for other 'humans' should come first, but thats just me.
Where I live there is a narrow footpath that connects two small villages that I am sure isn't a bridal path but there are alwasy horse riding people coming down which I find potentially problematic to the people to need to frequent the other way.
When the horse riding people get to the village I live in, very frequently they tend to use the corner of the road where cars goes around corners and children play to offload as much horse dung as possible. I hope there is a reason they dont go into the grassland/field that they are totally surrounded by.
So far I am shovelling up 'their' mess but before I take further action I would like to ask if anyone knows the specific laws regarding bridal paths and where horses choose to offload.
Thanks in advance everyone.

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The Ghost of KTJ - 19-Mar-14 10:34

In our area it's the police and military horses who excrete tons of pooh onto our streets. Don't dare to question them or you will find yourself charged with a breach of the peace, facing a long prison sentence.

It's so filthy. Disgusting.

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Police Pooh - 24-Feb-14 21:55

The trouble is they all drive expensive 4x4s, which are able to drive through it safely - thanks for your post. The horse owners will be home with their feet up and the products of their animals across the highway, paths, and sidewalks will not concern them. They are unable to fit a carrying device every time they take these awful creatures out and do the decent thing, however, riders also have access to compost heap sand the farms to enable them to pick it upand put it on the side of the road. One wider roads range for next day pick-up of the pooh.

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collar - 17-Feb-14 17:17

Surely horse's could be fitted with some kind of small cart or rubber trail that drags behind and collects the s**t ? Dragon's den get on it !! Horse manure can be reused in gardens like compost . I understand that horses need to be ridden but it's the only hobby that literally you leave your s**t dangerously on the roads , if a loved one of yours was hurt or worse killed in a bike accident because of horse manure on a road only then maybe you would show some compassion for others .

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D - 17-Feb-14 17:09

Horse faeces contains a mite called a rubber-spider (arachnus dunlo) This voracious animal sets to work breaking down the tarmacadum layer, and eating into the foundation of the highway. It can even attack the rubber of bicycle wheels and cause the hapless idiots to tumble off of their machines.

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craig b - 4-Jan-14 17:39

Poo is organic and healthy for enviroment

The problem is the alphalt of the road not letting the poo to make its function on the soil below

And there is asphalt because overpopulation by 7,5 billion humans make roads frequently used turn into mud and dirtiness

Keep 500 million humans as suggested by georgia guide stones

then you will see how everything works beautifully as it was meant by Creation.

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Human Overpopulation - 4-Jan-14 14:06

It time they made horse pills to give these beasties constipation, so that they don't go to the loo all down our street.

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Anti-purgative for Horses - 22-Dec-13 00:52

With the welcome advent of some clement weather, one is able to thrill to the sight and sound of that noble quadruped the horse.
Of course one is obliged to wear a safety hat nowadays, although these are available in some rather fetching styles, and in my opinion one always looks one's best whilst astride a sleek, dynamic, organ-filled stallion, mare or gelded brute.
My days of clip-clopping are now just a distant memory, but I can still remember with a sense of wonder that mighty beast throbbing at my fork, and once again I am whizzing and zooming along the happy highways of my youth, cutting a swathe through the summer haze, my heart full of joy, for these are loyal, highly intelligent animals, and though a tad on the large side, will share a cosy fireside with one's gun-dogs, and allow itself to be petted along with your canine companions, tails all a -thump.

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hind leg - 6-Oct-13 01:15

Horses should be banned from roads in this day and age, a complete menace

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Kev - 25-Sep-13 19:15

Horse owners must be very careful at this time of year due to the danger posed by the common crane fly ( Tipula simplex) The more commonly known daddy long legses can give a horse a nasty sting, which may lead to impotence and dementia. As the most common part of the horse to be stanged is the neck, it is advisable to fit a scarf to your mount, sturdy enough so the daddy long legses cannot bite the hoss.

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Follyfoot - 24-Sep-13 13:19

How do you expect horse riders to pick it up! Can't you see how dangerous it would be to have riders GET OFF ThERE HORSE on roads, then try and hold there horse while picking up the poo. YOU Really need to get a life and think about how dangerous it would be for people to remove there own horse manure.

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Ihatethisguy - 17-Sep-13 13:26

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