Thornwood rider who claims bus driver swore at her calls for better training

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Fiona Daniels with her horse Jack beside Thornwood High Road Fiona Daniels with her horse Jack beside Thornwood High Road

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.

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5:23pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Does not surprise me the way some of them drive these days throwing OAP's around the bus without a care in the world in an attempt to make up for lost time.

It is about time some of them were dragged before the courts.
Does not surprise me the way some of them drive these days throwing OAP's around the bus without a care in the world in an attempt to make up for lost time. It is about time some of them were dragged before the courts. Cornbeefur
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7:13pm Thu 10 Jan 13

BelieveBJ says...

I will never forget the time my nan told me, she was struggling to get on the bus in loughton with her shopping trolley. The driver barked at her to hurry up, then shut the door when she couldn't lift her trolley up the steps!
And drove off. What a mean spirited person....my nan was the sweetest lady you could meet, she is not alive now, but I have never forgotten the tale.
I will never forget the time my nan told me, she was struggling to get on the bus in loughton with her shopping trolley. The driver barked at her to hurry up, then shut the door when she couldn't lift her trolley up the steps! And drove off. What a mean spirited person....my nan was the sweetest lady you could meet, she is not alive now, but I have never forgotten the tale. BelieveBJ
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12:54am Fri 11 Jan 13

EppingRes1dent says...

There are enough bridle paths in the forest so why ride on the roads? It is not good for the horse, the rider or other road users.

Don't tell me...your horse doesn't like to get its hooves dirty?
There are enough bridle paths in the forest so why ride on the roads? It is not good for the horse, the rider or other road users. Don't tell me...your horse doesn't like to get its hooves dirty? EppingRes1dent
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12:57pm Fri 11 Jan 13

VillageIdiot69 says...

EppingRes1dent wrote:
There are enough bridle paths in the forest so why ride on the roads? It is not good for the horse, the rider or other road users.

Don't tell me...your horse doesn't like to get its hooves dirty?
She is legally entitled to ride on the road if she so wishes. The roads aren't just for vehicles, I slow down when I'm going past cyclists, horses, etc as that's what I've been taught.
[quote][p][bold]EppingRes1dent[/bold] wrote: There are enough bridle paths in the forest so why ride on the roads? It is not good for the horse, the rider or other road users. Don't tell me...your horse doesn't like to get its hooves dirty?[/p][/quote]She is legally entitled to ride on the road if she so wishes. The roads aren't just for vehicles, I slow down when I'm going past cyclists, horses, etc as that's what I've been taught. VillageIdiot69
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2:14pm Fri 11 Jan 13

tjm01 says...

EppingRes1dent wrote:
There are enough bridle paths in the forest so why ride on the roads? It is not good for the horse, the rider or other road users. Don't tell me...your horse doesn't like to get its hooves dirty?
Think you're missing the point !!!!!!!!!!! its about the unacceptable behaviour of a bus driver, do try and keep up
[quote][p][bold]EppingRes1dent[/bold] wrote: There are enough bridle paths in the forest so why ride on the roads? It is not good for the horse, the rider or other road users. Don't tell me...your horse doesn't like to get its hooves dirty?[/p][/quote]Think you're missing the point !!!!!!!!!!! its about the unacceptable behaviour of a bus driver, do try and keep up tjm01
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4:32pm Fri 11 Jan 13

dtmgables says...

Keep the horses off the road I say. This isnt the early 1900's!!
Keep the horses off the road I say. This isnt the early 1900's!! dtmgables
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11:38pm Sat 12 Jan 13

SXH says...

Yes the bus driver was in the wrong, horses can ride on the roads, living near Wanstead Flats we always used to see people on horse back, also cows,

Recently there have been many reports in Epping Forest, builders fly-tipping, riders will be faced with large vet bill if they use forest paths
Yes the bus driver was in the wrong, horses can ride on the roads, living near Wanstead Flats we always used to see people on horse back, also cows, Recently there have been many reports in Epping Forest, builders fly-tipping, riders will be faced with large vet bill if they use forest paths SXH
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3:04pm Mon 14 Jan 13

EppingRes1dent says...

VillageIdiot69 wrote:
EppingRes1dent wrote:
There are enough bridle paths in the forest so why ride on the roads? It is not good for the horse, the rider or other road users.

Don't tell me...your horse doesn't like to get its hooves dirty?
She is legally entitled to ride on the road if she so wishes. The roads aren't just for vehicles, I slow down when I'm going past cyclists, horses, etc as that's what I've been taught.
Did I say that she is not legally entitled to ride on the road? NO. Clearly you were not taught to read things properly.
[quote][p][bold]VillageIdiot69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EppingRes1dent[/bold] wrote: There are enough bridle paths in the forest so why ride on the roads? It is not good for the horse, the rider or other road users. Don't tell me...your horse doesn't like to get its hooves dirty?[/p][/quote]She is legally entitled to ride on the road if she so wishes. The roads aren't just for vehicles, I slow down when I'm going past cyclists, horses, etc as that's what I've been taught.[/p][/quote]Did I say that she is not legally entitled to ride on the road? NO. Clearly you were not taught to read things properly. EppingRes1dent
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10:03pm Tue 22 Jan 13

fgdfsdf says...

EppingRes1dent wrote:
There are enough bridle paths in the forest so why ride on the roads? It is not good for the horse, the rider or other road users.

Don't tell me...your horse doesn't like to get its hooves dirty?
Overly soft ground can lead to a horses hooves over flexing causing injury to their tendons. This is why the rider chose to ride beside the road on firmer ground.
[quote][p][bold]EppingRes1dent[/bold] wrote: There are enough bridle paths in the forest so why ride on the roads? It is not good for the horse, the rider or other road users. Don't tell me...your horse doesn't like to get its hooves dirty?[/p][/quote]Overly soft ground can lead to a horses hooves over flexing causing injury to their tendons. This is why the rider chose to ride beside the road on firmer ground. fgdfsdf
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