Windfarm Consultation 400 Consultations sent out Sent to…. Bridleway Officers Development officers Affiliated Bridleway Groups 116 responses received- return of 29% Contents of Consultation Questions included: Do you ride near wind turbines? Are they near public rights of way?
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Sent to…. Bridleway Officers
Affiliated Bridleway Groups
116 responses received- return of 29%
The Main Problems Reported Were:
All of the above upsetting the horse and often unseating the rider or causing them to fall
People who encountered no problems stated they were riding horses who were accustomed to the turbines or riding very steady older horses. They also acknowledged that they could understand how other peoples horses may be upset by the presence of a turbine and are aware of incidents occurring
Lots of people also commented that they wouldn’t mind one turbine, however a whole farm of turbines may cause them to rethink their riding route.
In one particular instance, a report of over half the members of Haworth and Oxenhope riding club experiencing problems was reported, this being over 100 incidents.
1x unable to pass, 1 fall, 1 bolted, 2x distressed horses
1xsudden stop and spin around, 1 bolted
1x distressed horse but heard of many more riders having problems, over half the bridleway group.
1x distressed horse
1x distressed horse
1x distressed horse due to noise
Respondents were also asked if the presence of turbines would deter them from taking their horse to a given place e.g an equestrian holiday.
One respondent commented that her clients have stopped coming due to the erection of turbines in the surroundingarea