Complaints about horses being ridden dangerously in Ashdown Forest
ASHDOWN Forest bosses have received a string of complaints about horses being ridden dangerously.
Liz Dalrymple-White, 59, was taking her dog for a walk in the forest but was petrified as five horses galloped towards her.
It is the latest in a series of incidents reported in the forest. Earlier this month Ashdown Forest Conservators appealed for help tracing two men described as riding extremely fast on thoroughbred polo ponies.
Quentin Burch, the treasurer of the Friends of Ashdown Forest, said: "There is a code of conduct riders should follow. I don't understand why they are not following it. It is common sense and courtesy for all."
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Ms Dalrymple-White, of Jonas Drive, Wadhurst, said: "I saw these big cobs galloping at me. I held my arms up and shouted 'stop'. I kept shouting 'stop, stop'.
"One of the women just shrugged as she rode by. I was absolutely petrified."
The horses were being ridden by members of Ashdown Forest Riding Centre.
The school's owner Stathis Petracopoulos said he was hoping to talk to Ms Dalrymple-White and added that in 16 years there had never been a problem.
"I am sorry about what happened," he said.
"We always take the utmost care to respect dog walkers and users in the forest."