Safety day for horse riders at Heathfield

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Heathfield Community Fire Station will be playing host to a special safety day to keep horse and riders safe tomorrow (Saturday January 17).

Experts will be sharing safety tips, offering advice, giving away freebies and security marking equipment.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will be working alongside Sussex Police to keep the equine community safe on our roads.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue service representative, Station Commander Dave Thurston, said: “It is very difficult to obtain statistics on horse and rider injuries on our roads, some may go unreported and others are reported as road traffic collisions but the horse and rider are not specifically mentioned.

“We will be working with our partners in the Police and the Sussex Safer road Partnership over the coming year, to obtain more accurate figures of horse and rider injuries on our roads, and target our road safety campaigns accordingly.

“Our equestrian road safety day being held at Heathfield Fire Station on Saturday 17 January aims to educate both riders and other road uses in dangers faced by both on our rural roads.

“We will focus heavily on the art of being seen and will be giving a whole host of hi viability garments out for free, both for the rider and for the horses.

“In addition, Sussex police will be offering a free security marking service for “Tack” and other equine equipment.

“During winter the days are shorter and darker and it is imperative to keep safe and visible on our road.”