It is the beginning of the end of the Appleby horse fair for another year.
The annual gathering of gypsies, travellers and horse traders officially comes to a close on Wednesday, but police are warning motorists to take care as a large number of horse drawn vehicles are taking to the roads.
The RSPCA is to investigate the circumstances surrounding a horse breaking a leg at the Appleby Horse Fair.
RSCPA officers have been on patrol throughout the fair area and have offered advice to people about the over use ofsticks, harness rubs on horses and inexperienced riders.
One horse was located with a broken leg early on Saturday morning and had to be put down.
The RSPCA says it will be investigating the circumstances of this incident.
We will continue to be on patrol today and will be proactively speaking to people about animals in the area. We have noticed a number of puppies for sale at Appleby Fair and would advise any visitors not to buy these puppies. The Community Meeting held last night was successful and praise was given to the group for service that has been provided so far during the fair.
– RSPCA Chief Inspector Rob Melloy
The focus of the group will be around the safety of people who are visiting the fair and the local community. We continue to emphasise the importance of people being aware of their surroundings. If you are visiting the fair be aware of fast moving horses, don’t walk on the roads and stick to the walkways. Advice has been given to the gypsies and travellers to slow down when on horse drawn vehicles in certain areas.”
The Appleby horse fair has so far been a success with very little disorder according to Cumbria Police.
The police say that everyone seems in good spirits and are all enjoying the occasion and sunny weather.
There has only been one arrest in the past 24 hours, which was for a minor disorder.
Police are now focusing on keeping everyone safe as thousands more travellers and visitors are expected over the weekend.
"It has been a great start to the fair, with everyone in a holiday spirit and people wanting to be here to enjoy themselves.
“This is a community and family orientated event which we encourage people to support and not bring their personal disputes to the fair. We want people to work with us to ensure a safe and enjoyable event.
“People are used to hearing cars and not horse’s, which can move very quickly.
“If you are visiting the fair be aware of fast moving horses, don’t walk on the roads and stick to the walkways.