Equestrian community pushes for law changeSave
By Kaysha Brownlie
Not a day goes by without Alison Stoelwinder riding her horse, Bruce.
But, other road users can make that experience more dangerous than it should be.
"A stock truck and trailer came towards me and he wasn't slowing down," Ms Stoelwinder says.
"I asked him to slow down and he took no notice of me, so I was asking him to stop, he still took no notice of me and he passed me, my horse shot off the side of the road into a ditch and almost through a fence."
That's the reality horse riders face throughout New Zealand.
Ms Stoelwinder says she has had car horns tooted at her and people revving their engines.
"They just think it's a laugh to see a horse do something silly."
And the equestrian community have had enough.
They want a change to the law - making it mandatory for motorists to leave a gap of two metres - and slow down to 20 kilometres an hour when passing horses.
Central Hawke's Bay Ride for Road Safety Co-ordinator Ashley Jevon-Dalgaard says: "Two metres and 20kms that's what we're asking for."