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BE SAFE & BE SEEN

Uncategorized November 3, 2014

Horse Riders Be Seen & Be Safe

Did you know that by wearing fluorescent/reflective clothing when you ride out, you can give drivers up to three seconds more time to see you? Three seconds in which to take avoiding action. Three seconds that could make the difference whether they avoid you, or hit you. To put it into context –three seconds is the time that it would take them to travel, at 30 mph, the length of a standard size dressage arena. Now that is quite a distance when you think about it!

Have a look at the below picture…

How long did it take you to notice the horse on the right?

Don’t be in the dark this winter…

Many horse owners work full-time in order to be able to afford to keep their animals. They have little option but to exercise their horses either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. When days become short this means exercising in half-light. If they wear dark clothing and are on a dark horse, then they are courting disaster – please don’t let this happen to you.

BE SEEN – BE SAFE

Gloucestershire Police have already received calls from concerned members of the public in relation to horse riders hacking out in dark clothing along country roads.

As a fellow horse rider, please wear some form of Hi-Viz.

BE SAFE AND BE SEEN, BOTH YOU AND YOUR HORSE.

Pc 695 Melanie Campbell

Horsewatch Co-ordinator

Gloucstershire Constabulary

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Plaits found in horses mane’s or tail’s

Uncategorized October 22, 2014

Dear All,

Occasionally Gloucestershire police receive reports of horse owners finding their horses’ manes or tails have been cut or plaits woven into their manes.

Some people consider this to be a marker for theft; however this has never been substantiated.

The belief that the cutting of hair or insertions of plaits are a marker for the theft of the horse is the reason that causes the most concern for horse owners.

If the marking is a sign for possible theft then it is reasonable to believe that we would have an increase in horse thefts because horses whose markers were

not discovered would have been stolen and we would have seen a surge of numbers taken. However this is not the case.

This does not mean horse owners should drop their guard. They should always remain vigilant and continue to report any unusual activity concerning their horse.

The usual advice is to report the matter to the police and your local Horsewatch / Ruralwatch officers.

It would be useful if owners took photographs of the cut hair (or plaits) with the horse in full profile showing its mane or tail when it is discovered.

Just a reminder that Stow Fair is this week!

 

Regards,

Pc 695 Mel Campbell

Horsewatch Co-ordinator

Gloucestershire Constabulary

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Police Advice – Horsewatch

Uncategorized July 13, 2013

Dear Horse Riders

Just a general message to remind all horse riders to be aware of the following:-

We have had an increase of thefts around tack rooms, livery yards etc. i.e. Mobile phones taken from unlocked vehicles in the yard.

Please remember to lock your tack rooms and vehicles when leaving the yard to go out for a hack; you never know who is out and about!

Hacking out
If possible, try and hack out with a friend, I know that this is not always possible, but if you are on your own, take your mobile phone with you and let someone know that you are on your own, where you plan to ride and how long you expect to be. Your safety is paramount!

Checking Fields
Take some time during this nice weather and the pleasant evenings, whilst poo picking your fields, to check its parameters, ensure that the fences / hedges / gates etc are all in order and not in need of repair.

It’s also a good time to check for any Ragwort and remove.

STAY SAFE and enjoy the good weather………..

Regards

Pc 695 Mel Campbell
Horsewatch Co-ordinator
Gloucestershire Constabulary

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POLITE – Hi-viz range

Uncategorized June 18, 2013

There has been much talk lately about the POLITE – Hi-Viz range both good and bad. The Press have published the fors and againsts on this clothing range but nothing can be more important than rider & horse safety. Here is a recent statement by Equisafety.

POLITE STATEMENT.

We have just been sent an email by a Police Officer about the POLITE range and we thought you would like to read it.

… It says exactly what we have always stated. The sportswear range is not and never has been illegal. It was shown to ACPO in 2010 and given the all clear by Commander Broadhurst. Head of the Mounted Police section. He stated – Assuming they have no items of police uniform it is unlikely the public will mistake them for us but if they do it will just be another High Visibility Patrol which should add to the reassurance picture.

Just because a new ACPO member decided he doesn’t like it, does not mean it’s illegal.

Dear Sir/Madam

I spoke to you whilst at the Royal Bath & West Show and stated that I was an off duty Police Officer and that I would email you with my personal views regarding your clothing.

I would like to pass on my thoughts regarding the recent press coverage on your reflective clothing designed to warn other road users that horse riders are visible and hopefully slow down drivers when they pass.

The design pattern is fantastic and works. The simple blue and silver squares which is not a logo patent to the Police although it may give the association that it is, makes drivers take their foot off the accelerator and think about their actions as they negotiate round them.

The word Polite is a different word to Police and just makes your eye read the word you associate with the blue and silver design. There is no special font or logo used.

This type of reaction is no different to seeing any person wearing a reflective coat whilst on foot, a bicycle, a lollipop person or a road worker.

This could also work with any driver seeing a blue light or siren. Its just making other road users aware of potential hazards or making things visible in low lighting.

I certainly would not think that some hairy cob or pony on a country road was a mounted Police Officer or that they were impersonating one if they were wearing one of your jackets.

It would simply make me think ‘Arhh horse, slow down’.

If the clothing makes me aware of a horse prior to getting round the next bend due to its clever design, then its worked.

Keep up the good work.

Don’t let your customers be intimidated by drivers that think they know the law. Be polite and don’t encourage them to get into any debate. They have done nothing wrong. I’m sure the same people would think that Police have better things to do anyway!!

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  • POLITE - Hi-viz range

    by on June 18, 2013 - 1 Comments

    There has been much talk lately about the POLITE – Hi-Viz range both good and bad. The Press have published the fors and againsts on this clothing range but nothing can be more important than rider & horse safety. Here is a recent statement by Equisafety. POLITE STATEMENT. We have just been sent an email […]

  • BE SAFE & BE SEEN

    by on November 3, 2014 - 0 Comments

    Horse Riders Be Seen & Be Safe Did you know that by wearing fluorescent/reflective clothing when you ride out, you can give drivers up to three seconds more time to see you? Three seconds in which to take avoiding action. Three seconds that could make the difference whether they avoid you, or hit you. To […]

  • Police Advice - Horsewatch

    by on July 13, 2013 - 0 Comments

    Dear Horse Riders Just a general message to remind all horse riders to be aware of the following:- We have had an increase of thefts around tack rooms, livery yards etc. i.e. Mobile phones taken from unlocked vehicles in the yard. Please remember to lock your tack rooms and vehicles when leaving the yard to […]

  • Plaits found in horses mane's or tail's

    by on October 22, 2014 - 0 Comments

    Dear All, Occasionally Gloucestershire police receive reports of horse owners finding their horses’ manes or tails have been cut or plaits woven into their manes. Some people consider this to be a marker for theft; however this has never been substantiated. The belief that the cutting of hair or insertions of plaits are a marker […]