A campaign has been launched to reduce the number of road accidents involving horses and vehicles.
Figures show there have been more than two thousand accidents over the last five years across the country.
The British Horse Society is calling for drivers to slow down to no more than 15 miles per hour when passing a rider.
Motorists are being urged to hit their brakes not horses on rural roads in Dumfries and Galloway.
It follows the death of a pony hit by a car last week. It was seriously injured and had to be put down, the rider escaped with cuts and bruises.
A 14-year-old girl has been airlifted to hospital after falling off her horse.
The teenager sustained a head injury and was treated at the scene in Little Srickland by the GNAAS crew and a local basic doctor and NWAS crew.
She was then flown for treatment at the RVI in Newcastle, where her condition was stable on arrival.
There's been a rise in the number of people abandoning horses on other people's land in the Carlisle area. The northern branch of the Country Land and Business Association says it should be made a criminal offence. Lori Carnochan reports:
The 12th Festival of the Horse gets underway in the Scottish Borders today.
The ten day festival is a celebration of all things equine and includes a large number of events for both spectators and riders including horse trials, displays and endurance rides.
Several guided rides are held across a number of days and are a highlight of the festival calendar.
Some of the events today include:
- “Horse Drawn, Drawn Horse” Exhibition of the Horse
- Floors Castle Horse Trials Burghley Young Event Horse Classes
- Guided Ride from Bowhill, Selkirk
- Guided Ride from Lanton, Jedburgh
For more information on the festival including information on how you can get involved, visit the website here.
Firefighters in Dumfries and Galloway have been showing off their new piece of training kit... a life size model of a horse! The 'so called equine rescue training mannequin' will be used to help the service improve how they deal with large animal rescues. This is Kim Inglis' full report.
The trails at Floors Castle near Kelso in the Scottish Borders have been cancelled on Saturday 19th May due to heavy rain but organisers hope that the event will go ahead as planned on Sunday 20th.