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Two horses die in Appleby 'flashing lane' crash

Two horses have died in a crash on the ‘flashing lane’ at Appleby Horse Fair, where horses are ridden and driven at high speed to show them off to potential buyers.

One horse died at the scene and another horse had to be put to sleep by a vet from Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

We believe one horse was pulling a sulky whilst the other is thought to have been being ridden. Our inspectors didn’t witness the incident but were on the scene shortly afterwards. Two horses have died as a result of this incident, but it could have been worse still. People must ensure that they are in control when they are riding or driving horses on the flashing lane at speed. Failing to do so can easily result in serious injury and even death." We want to hear from anyone who did see what happened. They can approach us at the event or call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

– Rob Melloy, RSPCA chief inspector

Two horses killed in Appleby crash

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Two horses have been killed in a crash at Appleby Horse Fair.

The RSPCA is appealing for witnesses after the collision on the 'flashing lane' this afternoon.

One horse died at the scene and another had to be put down by a vet.

The 'flashing lane' is an area where horses are ridden and driven at high speed to show them off to potential buyers.

"We believe one horse was pulling a sulky while the other is thought to have been being ridden.

“Our inspectors didn’t witness the incident but were on the scene shortly afterwards.

"People must ensure that they are in control when they are riding or driving horses on the flashing lane at speed.

"Failing to do so can easily result in serious injury and even death."

– RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy

The identity of the people involved in the crash is unknown as they had left the scene when RSPCA officers and the vet arrived.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to either approach RSPCA officers at the Horse Fair or call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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