A hack in open countryside is idyllic, you get that wonderful feeling of freedom! It’s one of the best feelings for any horse rider, being able to appreciate some alone time, just you and your horse. However, for many hacking out requires some, if not all of it, being along roads. For any equestrian it can be worrying having to ride out on the roads & public areas. Cyclist, cars, dogs & other road users, are all things equestrians see as the potential to create a dangerous situation. Many equestrians & equestrian organisations are committed to making roads safer for all that use them.
One such organisation is The British Horse Society (BHS). The BHS have many ongoing campaigns supporting roads being more horse friendly (Find out more here: https://www.bhs.org.uk/). Part of the crucial work The BHS does for the riding community is compiling Riding Incidents . And now they are trialling an innovative and easier way for you to report an incident – with just two clicks.
As a horse-riding app, Huufe has added a new safety feature for riders who experience an incident – such as dogs, fireworks, road incidents, off-road cyclists or drones. With a simple press of a button in the app, a list of incident types appears from which you can choose which to report. This Provides the BHS, a record of the incident, its location and time. You can also provide more details to the BHS via the Incident webpage linked in the email sent to you after you report an incident.
The BHS is keen to see how it can make it easier for riders to report incidents. The more reports the BHS have, the more they can do to make the roads & popular hacking routes safer for horses and those who care for them. It should provide equestrians with a heat map of some sort highlighting dangerous areas or places of difficulty to ride in.
After the release of the new BHS button the first incident was reported. A Road Traffic incident in Oxfordshire. Huufe asked the rider how he found the experience of reporting an incident, he responded with: “It was ironic really, I had just noticed the button as I started my ride and then had cause to use it within minutes on a small road. A car stopped for me, but my horse spooked and rammed it. Thankfully no injuries to anyone, except the car. The button was simplicity itself, what a great idea.”
This should hopefully provide a great & informative map for horse riders. Creating safer hacking routes and letting equestrians enjoy the great outdoors with their horses. Find out more about the Huufe app at: Huufe.com