A horse rider who claims she was sworn at by a bus driver has called for better training of an operator’s staff.

Fiona Daniels, 49, a former mounted police officer, was riding her horse Jack along Thornwood High Road to avoid boggy forest tracks yesterday, when she said a bus flew past, travelling towards Epping.

She added: “I was on the pavement and I used the correct ‘slow down’ arm motion to the bus driver.”

She said she then saw the bus driver make the hand gesture through the windscreen.

She said: “I couldn’t believe what I saw.

“This is a professional driver. He was carrying passengers.”

She said she tried to avoid the rush hour traffic and made sure she and her horse wore reflective gear so drivers could see them.

The resident of Brookfield, Thornwood, added: “Recently, the bus drivers on that route have become just vicious.

“Vehicles need to slow down completely for horses and I’ve experienced a total refusal to slow or appreciate that I’m there.

“I would like to know that this bus driver will be put on record or in driver training.”

Lorraine Upton, head of drivers at the bus company SM Coaches, which runs the route, said: “We are looking into the matter and we will take appropriate action as necessary.”

Rider Charlotte Kohl last year urged drivers to show more caution after being hit while crossing a road through the forest.