By Denna Bowman
The UK’s largest equine charity has harnessed itself to the country’s leading tyres safety organisation to help keep horse owners safe on the road.
The British Horse Society has joined TyreSafe in a bid to educate both amateur and professional horse owners about the importance of correct tyres maintenance and care for their vehicles.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “It’s great news to have The British Horse Society on board as it is such an influential body who will give tremendous weight to our message among such a large audience.
“We look forward to working together and promoting tyre safety to anyone owning or working with horses. For many horse owners, their animal is an extended part of the family, so making sure they are transported safely should be a number one priority – and this includes regular tyre checks.”
Particular issues affecting horsebox and trailer tyres include rubber degradation as a result of vehicles being left unused or standing in difficult conditions for many months, particularly winter. Equally, correct tyre selection, inflation and general condition are all important areas for horse owners.
Sheila Hardy, Senior Executive, Safety of The British Horse Society, added: “The British Horse Society are delighted to work in partnership with TyreSafe to ensure that all equestrian transport is as safe as it can be.
“Many people often overlook their tyres when they do their checks prior to setting off and we hope that advice from this professional body will remind them to remember how important it is to do this.
“A puncture when you have an animal on board is no joke and can be a stressful and costly matter. We look forward to a great working relationship with Tyresafe.”