The British Horse Society (BHS) is asking the public to exercise caution when flying drones near horses, after a rise in calls as more horse owners and riders become concerned about drones.
The BHS is calling the public not to fly drones in areas where they know horses may be, not just in fields, but near riding centres or bridleways. As horses are flight animals they can be easily startled by unusual noises and movements, which can result in injuries for both horse and rider. Since November 2010, the Society has received more than 400 reports of horse accidents involving loud or moving objects such as Chinese lanterns and fireworks. From the 400 reported incidents, 11 horses died as a result of the scare, and one rider was killed in an incident involving a low flying aircraft.
“Drones are an increasing concern for us as they become more popular. While we don’t want to stop people enjoying drones, we are asking that they consider the impact drones can have on horses. Flying drones near horses can potentially have fatal consequences for horses and horse riders,” says Director of Safety at the BHS, Alan Hiscox.
Horse accidents, including incidents involving drones, can be reported to the BHS horse accidents website: www.horseaccidents.org.uk