AS FUEL prices soar and hundreds of thousands panic about powering their houses this autumn and winter, may a return to a extra primitive mode of transport really take off?

To rejoice the beginning of King Charles III’s reign, the British Horse Society (BHS) opened the UK’s first twenty first century city horse park in Llandrindod Wells final week.

Funded and supported by the BHS, two corrals have been constructed amongst mature bushes on personal property on the Llanerch Inn, a preferred and historic teaching inn which has been welcoming horses for hundreds of years, within the coronary heart of Llandrindod city centre.

The thought for horse parks is the brainchild of Penny Nicholson, a Powys-based BHS entry and rights of approach volunteer, who got here up with the concept a couple of years in the past and has been looking for appropriate venues ever since.

Her suggestion – that horse parks would turn into a characteristic in cities – was even printed by The Guardian newspaper as a part of a New Year’s Day 2022 characteristic asking for readers’ predictions for the 12 months forward.

Penny and fellow BHS member Helen Donnan had been seen out and about within the spa city selling sustainable equine journey with gypsy cob Ozzy again in May. Ozzy was additionally pulling his cart through the city’s Victorian Festival final month.

The British Horse Society has supported the city horse park undertaking from the beginning and as soon as land was provided by the Llanerch Inn for the park, they got here ahead with funding for its development, which boasts two spacious corrals within the shade of tall bushes, alongside the pub’s idyllic beer backyard.

The BHS believes that it will turn into a flagship undertaking and so they hope information of its creation will unfold additional afield, with horse parks bobbing up in lots of different rural cities, to supply a climate-friendly, gradual journey various, which highlights the rising worth of the horse in twenty first century communities.


Llandrindod is now hoping to win BHS recognition as a horse-friendly city, with its new facility welcoming in those that search to make use of their animals as working horses for transport, ought to they so select.

The sight of a horse on the street may turn into commonplace once more, with automobile drivers changing into accustomed to slowing down and passing with care and respect. This was highlighted when the BHS efficiently lobbied to attain an modification to the Highway Code earlier this 12 months, that means automobile drivers are actually obliged to cross horses at 10mph, at a distance of two metres.

In the following stage of the undertaking, Penny plans to research native rights of approach issues and produce a map to information horse riders and drivers alongside quiet roads, bridleways and byways, to keep away from the primary roads in accessing Llandrindod city centre.

Government Active Travel steering obliges councils to seek the advice of with horse-owners on lively journey routes, the place there may be native equine curiosity. The BHS seeks to advertise shared use of inexperienced and quiet routes by horse riders and drivers, alongside walkers and cyclists, and helps session and co-operation with native councils within the planning course of.


Penny is an ardent advocate for the inclusion of equine transport within the lively journey agenda, with the plain well being, well-being and local weather advantages it brings. The solely type of transport which runs largely on grass, it’s a low cost or free and a shortly renewable gas, which after all is in plentiful provide in Powys.

The introduction of a horse park in Powys could seem quirky to some, however with gas prices hovering and the price of residing changing into an over-arching precedence for everybody – particularly because the winter months method – using horses as a way of journey would possibly turn into an ever extra enticing type of transport.

Penny’s prediction for 2022 – that horse parks would turn into a characteristic in cities – was even printed by The Guardian; inserting second in a listing that included Boris Johnson standing down as prime minister and Russia invading Ukraine.

The common title requested its 1 million on-line supporters for his or her 2022 predictions, with Penny writing: “Horses will start for use for journey and can seem in cities and cities.

“To enable this to happen, horse parks will be provided where owners can safely leave their horses while they pop to the shops, go to work, nip to the GP. Horses run on grass – it makes so much sense.”


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