Naked horse protest highlights road safety

A Lancaster woman who lost her horse in a horrific accident has said more needs to be done to highlight the dangers horse riders face on the town’s roads.

Sonia Withers joined more than 50 semi-naked horse riders at the weekend as they paraded through Morecambe to raise awareness.

Photo Neil Cross'"Naked" horse riders who are parading through Morecambe for the Slow Down for My Horse Campaign.

Photo Neil Cross'"Naked" horse riders who are parading through Morecambe for the Slow Down for My Horse Campaign.

The 49-year-old has said drivers’s attitudes have not changed since she lost her horse Rocky 13 years ago in a horrific car crash.

Rocky had to be put down at the scene on Hasty Brow Road, Lancaster, whilst Sonia suffered major bruising.

Mrs Withers said: “It has got worse since my accident. The more cars on the road, the more dangerous it is for us. People think all horse riders are posh but we are not, we work hard for a living.

“This protest is the first of many, we do need somewhere to go. What about us?”

Everybody was fine with the nakedness, I didn’t ask anyone to do something they weren’t comfortable with

Sharon Monks

The horse riders protested through the town centre on Saturday September 12 from York Bridge.

Organiser of the protest, Sharon Monks, is urging Lancashire County Council to take more notice.

Mrs Monks said: “I’ve asked the council to put horse signs up on the cycle tracks because we have right of way as well.

“We want to let people know we are supposed to be there without the abuse. Everybody was fine with the nakedness, I didn’t ask anyone to do something they weren’t comfortable with.”

Photo Neil Cross'"Naked" horse riders who are parading through Morecambe for the Slow Down for My Horse Campaign.'Sonia Withers whose horse Rocky was killed after being hit by a car

Photo Neil Cross'"Naked" horse riders who are parading through Morecambe for the Slow Down for My Horse Campaign.'Sonia Withers whose horse Rocky was killed after being hit by a car

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We would like to increase the number of bridleways in the county as we recognise that there is only a limited number of paths open to horse riders, and will take every opportunity to secure new routes whenever possible.

“However, we have received a lot of complaints about the use of horses on the cycle path between Lancaster and Morecambe over the years, and would need to take this into account in considering any proposal to allow horses to use this path.”

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