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Shieldhill rider asks for more room on the road

Joann Pollock with Lucy Corroon (7) on Halle, Lauren Hamilton on Merlin and Sophie Corroon (10) on Coco.

Joann Pollock with Lucy Corroon (7) on Halle, Lauren Hamilton on Merlin and Sophie Corroon (10) on Coco.

 

A horse rider is urging motorists to be extra cautious and drive responsibly around horses on the roads.

In recent weeks Joann Pollock has had two near collisions while out with horse Merlin and thinks it’s only a matter of time before a local rider is serious injured.

Two weeks ago a motorist passed her so closely, her leg was almost hit and, earlier this summer, a driver almost ran into the back of Merlin.

Joann, from Shieldhill, said: “I’ve been riding horses for a long time and it seems drivers are getting worse, most haven’t a clue how to react to a horse on the road.

“Motorists should pass very slowly and as wide away from them as possible, but lots barely give a few inches of room and some even speed up as they pass.”

Joann’s children, Jacob (7) and Holly-Isabella (2), also horse ride, but the pharmacy driver is wary about letting them out on the road anytime soon.

She added: “Someone in a recovery vehicle passed me last week with his flashing lights on, going faster than the speed limit – it’s like they forget a horse is an animal that can be frightened and spooked. I’m scared there will be a serious accident soon.”

 

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