Bad manners from horse riders

PUBLISHED: 02:01 28 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:23 10 June 2010

As a horse owner, I was appalled when I received a mouthful of abuse from a rider hacking down Hulham Road on Saturday, July 12, at 1.20pm. Two women riders were hacking two abreast, chatting away, totally oblivious of the queue of cars behind waiting pat

As a horse owner, I was appalled when I received a mouthful of abuse from a rider hacking down Hulham Road on Saturday, July 12, at 1.20pm.Two women riders were hacking two abreast, chatting away, totally oblivious of the queue of cars behind waiting patiently to pass.I approached and slowed my car to 10mph to allow an on-coming vehicle to pass the riders.Neither of us - or the waiting cars - received a 'thank you' from the riders - not even a raise of hand or head nod.When I wound my window down to say to the riders, it was a good idea to thank drivers who slow down, I was sworn at by one of the women.Over the years, riders keeping their horses in the Hulham Road area have moaned to the Journal that cars drive too fast past their mounts.If that's how they treat drivers who slow down, I'm not surprised cars zoom past.Had I not been a horse owner, I could easily have been put off from slowing down next time I saw a horse - after being sworn at like that. Cars are not obliged to slow down for horses and we riders should be thanking each and every vehicle driver who shows consideration when passing.I hope that rider is ashamed of her actions. Good manners cost nothing.R Chambers, of Exeter.

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