The British Horse Society (BHS) is “shocked and saddened” by the fatal road collision that took place in Essex on Friday (7 January).

The road where the incident took place. Credit: Google Maps

Two horses had to be put down due to the severity of their injuries and their riders were taken to hospital to be treated.

The incident took place on Woodgreen Road in Waltham Abbey, close to Epping Forest, at 11.20am and police have launched an appeal for information.

The BHS Director of Safety, Alan Hiscox met with a trainer based at the livery yard where the horses were kept yesterday (10 January).

The society will be working to improve road safety in the area.

“The BHS give our best wishes to the two riders for a full recovery, and we are truly shocked and saddened that two horses have been killed on Woodgreen Road in Waltham Abbey,” Mr Hiscox said.

“The BHS Safety Team will be offering all our help and support to ensure that equine safety is considered urgently by the local authority and the Road Safety Partnership in the area.”

Police appeal

Essex Police is appealing for witnesses following the collision and the driver has been reported for careless driving.

“If you saw anything, have any CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage please contact us,” said a spokesman for the force.

Those with any information can submit a report online at or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm, quoting incident 350 of 7 January.

Alternatively call the police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Lead image: Stock picture from Your Horse library, not the horses or riders involved in the incident

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