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On 22 Mar 2015 at 10:25am nevillman wrote:
I accept that Hoad the trainer has the right to sell off his yard for housing but do not think it is acceptable for him to go on training horses on the green so making it so rutted it is unusable by anyone else.
On 22 Mar 2015 at 2:10pm Up your own @rse wrote:
Did you make the same fuss when that p1key had his horse tethered there a couple of years ago ?
Lewes is a racing town so get over it
On 22 Mar 2015 at 2:54pm H@rse meat wrote:
Neeighbours, everybody neighds good neighbours
On 22 Mar 2015 at 4:39pm Paul Newman wrote:
Speaking of unusable what has happened to the walk to Black cap ? We used to do that a lot but now the only path you can go down is fenced on both sides and is unpleasant muddy quagmire. You used to be able to go across the fields
On 22 Mar 2015 at 8:40pm country folk wrote:
Re the path to Blackcap. The farmer has returned the field to use. No doubt it will be used for a year or 2 and then returned to downland pasture for a few years and so the cycle goes on. I miss it too, especially the bit nearest Offham that had those tiny wild strawberries some years, but it is an agricultural not a wild landscape and not part of the SSI as are some parts of the downs so we should accept that the countryside is a working landscape as well as a place for leisure. One does not trump the other so farmers have to learn to keep paths accessible and walkers have to learn that sometimes their places of pleasure are disrupted by agricultural activities.
On 23 Mar 2015 at 4:25pm nevillman wrote:
A number of previously grass fields were ploughed up a couple of years ago as the price of corn dramatically rose. I got into a long discussion on the south downs forum over this. It ąppears that farmers are paid a subsidy in anycase just for owning downland but when they see the chance to make extra they take it. I gained the impression that there was no conception whatsoever amongst the farmers i discussed this with of any responsibilty for leisure use of the downs. We were an annoyance who got in the way of their living.
To return to my original point about a racehorse trainer who thinks they have the right to ruin public recreation areas then the first response to my post summarised the attitude of far too many horse riders who have no respect for other people's desire to walk on land that has not been turned into muddy wasteland. The path from hawkenbury way up to the downs is a case in point. If walkers try to find an unmuddy track to walk on then a horse rider will destroy it on no time. I suspect a mixture of deliberate action and lack of thought or concern is to blame. I have no desire to have or foster an attitude of them and us with horse riders feeling like a persecuted minority but more consideration is required.
On 23 Mar 2015 at 5:05pm Horse Boy wrote:
If its a bridal way then I don't see your point
On 23 Mar 2015 at 6:43pm Paul Newman wrote:
Bridal Way ! ... Excellent , I love the idea of freshly married hephelumps caving up the footpaths ( Sorry Horse boy know what you mean of course )
Thanks Country Folk thats fair enough actually the only thing that ever bothers me is the smell of that vile fertilizer they use. There are lots of great places to walk
On 23 Mar 2015 at 7:27pm Nevillman wrote:
Horseboy. The green by the Gallops is not a bridleway. As for bridleways then from your response it is quite clear that you do not think it is necessary for horse riders to behave considerately to other users of the path. Hopefully some riders will think differently as do most people when they meet a horse on a path and try not to frighten it.
On 23 Mar 2015 at 8:15pm Just asking wrote:
This morning three very skittish looking horses were barely controlled down demontfort rd, bradford rd, the avenue and then onto prince edwards.
Is this reasonable? I would have thought that the dangers involved at 8:35 in the morning going past a primary school on a narrow street and then onwards down the single file bradford rd with all the school and work traffic.
Would it not be more responsible to use chalky rd and down prince edwards? I guess they were headed to landport.
I always slow down and wait, give them lots of room etc etc but it seems to me that the riders don't do themselves any favours.
Am i being unreasonable?
On 24 Mar 2015 at 8:26am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Skittish horses are the norm in a Nevill rush hour, JA, as the racehorses are road worked round the estate. It's especially entertaining on a Monday, when the bin men are doing their rounds as well.
In fairness, in the 22 years I've lived up here I've only known of 2 incidents where any damage or injury has been caused by them, and in both cases a horse damaged a parked car, so not too serious.
I like to see them go past the house of a morning, and don't really have a problem with it. You just need to allow a little extra time in the morning in case you get stuck behind one.

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