What happened when a video of cyclists rushing past a scared horse went viral?
A DRAMATIC video of a group of cyclists passing a horse has gone viral again again, serving as a lesson to be cautious while approaching animals.
A video of a group of bikers crashing past a horse during the Royal Windsor Triathlon’s bike section has gone viral once more. The clip, which was captured by the horse rider, shows bicycles passing on both sides, with one of them colliding with the terrified animal, prompting it to run.
“Cyclists don’t accept any responsibility for their acts because it’s hard to identify them,” the social media user who shared the video claimed. They are unconcerned. None of them came to a halt to apologize or check on the rider’s well-being.”
The video has nearly 3,000 likes and more than 1,500 retweets as of this writing.
“I was trained as a kid to ride slow and stay away when riding past a horse and its rider,” one enraged user said. “How did these folks learn?”
“License plates on bikes,” suggested another.
“Absolutely awful behavior by those cyclists responsible for spooking that horse,” a third commented. “This is just so wrong,” said a fourth.
Iain Plumb, the rider who collided with the horse, was found guilty of riding without due regard for others and was fined £926.
“Plumb was competing in the event when he attempted to undertake a horse and horse rider in Oakley Green Road, Dedworth,” Thames Valley Police investigating officer PC Peter Dorling said in 2019.
Plumb collided with the horse while making this maneuver, forcing it to bolt and endangering other road users.
“The 29-year-old woman who was riding the horse had bruises to her ankle, but the horse was unharmed.
“Plumb’s cycling performance was well below what is expected of a cyclist, and I am relieved that he was found guilty of this offense.”
The most important thing for cyclists to do if they come across a horse is to make the rider aware of their presence, according to British Cycling, the regulatory organization for cycle sport in the United Kingdom.
To let riders know you’re there, the organization recommends a clear “good morning” or something like. Because a horse is less likely to be startled by a voice than by a bike suddenly appearing next to them, this is the case.
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