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Public Concern

posted 1 Apr 2018, 01:51 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 1 Apr 2018, 01:55 ]

Once again we have been approached by members of the public concerned about the state of paths used jointly both by horses and pedestrians. The concern is regarding the horse droppings which are left on the paths. The particular path this time being brought to our attention is the one between Albury Derive and Wellbank View behind the community school in Norden.
Please can we ask anyone, who's horse defecates when on these sort of cut throughs, if they could consider returning as soon as it is practicable to push the droppings into the side. This way we can help pedestrians not to be inconvenienced, demonstrate to them that we are considerate, and both parties can  continue to enjoy the rural space that we live in. We appreciate that this particular cut through is a wide one and if horses could ride on the road part that would leave the footpaths on either side free of horse manure for the pedestrians.
If you know of anyone who is not a member but rides in this area please pass on the message. Every little bit helps.
The poo in question has now been brushed to the side

Woodtop Upgrade

posted 21 Nov 2017, 11:08 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association

Great News. Both the Heywood and Township Committees have agreed that there is sufficient evidence for the upgrade for Woodtop from a footpath to bridlepath. It is now in the hands of the legal department so hopefully notifications will soon be posted along the route giving 28 days for any objections to be made. Keep watching this space for progress.

Recognition for RBBA for 29 years Hard Work

posted 2 Jun 2017, 08:43 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 2 Jun 2017, 13:17 ]

It is with great pleasure that we can now inform you that Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association has been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service as part of the Queen Birthday Honours. This is in recognition of the work that the organisation has been doing over the past 29 years to promote the provision of safe off-road bridlepaths for the use of Horse Riders, Cyclists and Walkers. For more information please see the Queens Award for Voluntary Services 2017page under Achievements.

Concerns from Local Norden Residents

posted 1 Oct 2016, 05:25 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association

We have received the following e-mail from a concerned resident in Norden. Please can we encourage all horse riders in the community to act in a responsible and considerate way for other path users.
If you are riding through such confined spaces when your horse passes its droppings please either dismount and kick them to one side or if you can not please return after your ride to move them to one side.
"I'm writing to complain about the mess left behind by horse riders. I understand the public footpath connecting Durnford close and heap road has been changed to a bridle path. The horse riders are showing no consideration for the local residents. Today I witnessed a mother pushing a pram turn around as she could not walk over the path because of the mess. It is unhygienic and unacceptable. This path is used by local residents many of which are young children or elderly. Why should they have to walk a longer way to access the village, shops, bus stops and school buses to avoid pushing a babies pram through horse poo? 
See attached photo."

Yet More problems at Black Dads

posted 28 Aug 2015, 10:24 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association

Unfortunately no photograph of the three riders riding through Black Dads today 28th August 2015 (about 10.40) were taken so the culprits can not be identified.
The riders rode across the garden on the Bridlepath from Nabbs Wife to Ashworth Valley. Instead of remaining in single file on the stoned path they chose instead to ride on the grass with disastrous affect of causing hoof marks and indentation in the lawn (see attached photo)
When tackled by the occupant of Black Dads they stated the path is not wide enough (which is untrue if you rode along it in single file). In addition they retorted "get a life". Such behaviour does nothing to encourage land owners and other users of bridlepaths to work with the horse community to ensure all communities can continue to enjoy our wonderful countryside.
In the past the occupant has carried a large quantity of stones down into the valley to fill in a deep gully caused by a heavy rain storm. Do you think the above behaviour will encourage him to continue to try and maintain the path for us horse riders?
My horses occasionally break into my garden and I know from bitter experience how the indentations left are not only unsightly but makes lawn cutting a very difficult task as the mower grapples with the changing levels of ground. At least they are my horses that I am cursing. Imagine how a person who does not own any horses will feel when they experience this affect.
Hopefully the three riders were not bridleways members. If you know who they might be please could you take the time to explain how their irresponsible behaviour might affect the quite riding of all horse riders in the area and encourage them to be a bit more responsible. 

BHS Accident Reports Map

posted 7 Feb 2013, 05:01 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 7 Feb 2013, 05:02 ]

You may recall that we were encouraging you to report any accidents or dog attacks to the BHS. Well they have now collated their information and portray it on an interactive map. If you are interested in seeing it you can find it at Information on the ma can then be used as evidence when safety measures are being discussed.

Advice from BHS on Hat standards

posted 7 Feb 2013, 04:54 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association

You only get one head - make sure you look after yours!

Rule 49 of the Highway Code states:

Safety Equipment: Children under the age of 14 MUST wear a helmet which complies with the Regulations. It MUST be fastened securely. Other riders should also follow this advice. (LAW H (PHYR)R)

There are a wide variety of riding hats and helmets available, all of which have been designed to ensure that the wearer is as comfortable as possible while also being protected to the recognised safety standards. Riding hats are designed to be as effective as possible to help minimise the possible head injuries involved with horse riding, but in keeping with any safety equipment, no riding hat can be guaranteed to protect every rider in all circumstances.

It is essential that the hat chosen fits the head that is to wear it, and as every head is a different shape, it may take quite some time for riders to find the perfect hat for them. But also important is that the hat must be fastened at all times when the rider is mounted on their horse. It is much the best option to go to a reputable tack shop and get someone who has had BETA training in hat fitting, to fit the hat to your head – and never be tempted to buy a second hand hat; it is impossible see with the naked eye if it has been damaged.

The current BHS recognised standards are: 

PAS 015; ASTM F1163; BSEN 1384; EN1384 and SNELL E2001

Download BETA's Guide to Riding Hats to find out more

With care, a good hat will last several years. Do not be tempted to leave your hat in direct sunlight – the shelf in the back of your car is definitely not a place to keep it! Let it dry naturally if it gets wet and don’t be tempted to put it on the radiator. Don’t drop it, or kick it around the floor. Each time it receives any impact, some of the protective properties will be used up and just when you want them to keep you safe, you will find that they may no longer be there!

Manufacturers all make hats in slightly different shapes to each other, so there is something for everyone. Whether you choose a really fancy, top of the range hat is unimportant – it should meet one of the standards above and, preferably, it should also have a quality assurance mark firmly fastened on its inner alongside the standard that the hat is tested to.

If you buy a hat that has been designed specifically for a child, you are unlikely to have VAT included in the price. Hats for children are made in all but the very largest hat sizes, as children’s heads generally stop growing when they reach around 13 years of age. This information was identified by a survey undertaken on Eton schoolboys who are required to wear formal hats, as opposed to soft caps. There are also hats on the market that are very economical to buy – but do ensure that they fit the purpose for which they are intended and they meet a recognised standard. You only have one head – keep it as safe as you can and wear a hat that is fastened each and every time you ride out.

Please note:

CE Mark: All hats MUST be CE marked – that is, declaring compliance with the regulations implementing the European Community Directive 89.626EC (Statutory Instrument 1992 no: 3139). All hats to the above standards will have a CE mark firmly attached inside them.

KITEMARK BSI (British Standards Institute): The Kitemark is the registered trademark of the British Standards Institute and can only be affixed to products certified by them. Kitemark certification is voluntary and can be withdrawn at any time. It is a Quality Assurance Mark.

BSI Kitemarked hats to the European Standards will be stamped BSEN1384. When the Kitemark is displayed on the hat it:

  • Gives the user visible evidence of the helmet’s quality, safety and performance as defined in the specification.
  • Shows the helmets are independently and regularly batch tested by BSI to the appropriate specification.

Hats tested elsewhere in the European Union may be tested to EN1384 standard; however, they will not carry the BSI Kitemark strongly recommended by the BHS and many insurance companies.

Quality Assurance: Any standard hat with a Quality Assurance Mark (such as a BSI Kitemark or an SEI mark) can be viewed as safer than a hat to the same standard without. (Statement taken from BETA ‘What to Wear’ publication)

Competitions and events: Riders competing under the rules of an equestrian discipline, the Pony Club or British Riding Clubs should refer to their respective rule books to find which standards are acceptable under their specific rules

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