Horse i, the app with an eye for safety

Have you and your horse ever been involved in an incident? (no, this isn’t an advert for a no-win, no-fee solicitor). Something that put either of you in danger, or made you feel unsafe? Did you report it? Did you know where, or how to report it?

The BHS estimates that only 1 in 10 equine incidents are reported to them. In an attempt to increase this number, and empower riders, they launched an incident reporting app earlier this year. Using Horse i, you can report incidents like road rage, car accidents, dog attacks, fireworks and low flying aircraft, in just minutes.

Most riders are aware that sharing roads, fields, beaches and bridleways within our communities can sometimes be difficult. But often, incidents occur because local MPs, road safety partnerships or the police are unaware of the potential dangers we’re facing.

The data collected from Horse i, is used as evidence to support improvements in the community, to make it safer for riders, drivers and dog walkers alike. Without the data provided by you, it can be difficult to highlight the regularity and severity of these incidents.

The incidents you report through Horse i are used to;

  • lobby and advise MPs – giving a voice to the equine community in government debates, on topics like road safety and fireworks
  • support local safety campaigns such as, Dead Slow – Road Safety Campaign
  • identify problematic areas or trends in the community
  • promote awareness of equine safety at BHS events throughout the country

Whilst the app was released earlier this year, a more recent update has improved the loading of questions and added a feedback option after submission. Users have called it a “great initiative”, and “easy peasy to report to the BHS”.

The app is available in both iOS and Android app stores. Taking only a couple of minutes, the information you submit could make all the difference.

You can learn more about the app in this article from Horse and Hound.

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