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Sunday Pony and Trap "race" on Tower Bridge Road

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Sunday 21 September 2008 3.27pm
Did anyone else see this today (Sunday)? I was walking back from Tower Bridge at around 3pm and there was a steady stream of ponies and traps, apparently being raced along Tower Bridge Road.

I'm perfectly happy to be contradicted, but it looked extremely dangerous; three people crammed into a trap meant obviously meant for two, people talking on their mobiles while whipping the ponies to go faster and overtaking each other (!), a small boy racing his own trap alonside busy traffic - all this whilst showing complete disregard for any other road users.

i just dont understand why they would choose this busy central road to do this sort of thing, particularly on a day when there are many more cyclists on the roads than usual due to the Freewheel cycling event.

Anyone have any more info? I was tempted to shout at them from the pavement as they were behaving so recklessly (and racing ponies on concrete roads surrounded by noisy traffic is far from good for them) but they were going so fast all i could do was shrug in disbelief!

Sunday 21 September 2008 7.50pm
I was at Marble Arch a little before 1pm today, and there were people riding ponies and traps around the one-way system...
Monday 22 September 2008 4.02pm
Yes, they tried to join the throng of cyclists for the Freewheel event on Sunday (I saw them a little after 1pm on Constitution Hill riding my bike, so presumably the same lot as Ruth saw), and though they seemed to have a police escort, some of the horses were compeltely out of control, and with all the kids around on their bikes for the event it was completely BONKERS that they ever got anywhere near the Mall!
Tuesday 23 September 2008 12.56am
Please people. What utter hysterical nonsense. I too saw this happen when I was walking south over Tower Bridge. Yes they were trotting but fully under control and not at all reckless. Neither were they racing or whipping their ponies or being controlled by small boys etc. You do make me laugh.....

Mind you, I did see someone sneeze without using a hankerchief. Disgusting, I nearly called the police but instead just turned to other outraged pedestrians, for there were many, and exclaimed "this sort of thing wouldn't happen in Zurich".
Tuesday 23 September 2008 11.16am
They could have been on their way to/from Horseman's Sunday, which took place on sunday, it's an annual event where the vicar of the church in Hyde Park blesses horses and their riders. HTH!
Tuesday 23 September 2008 12.09pm
I was on borough high street when this lot galloped past. I agree, they were idiots. The horses were being whipped to go faster, they rand red lights and had no regard for pedestrians crossing the road, nor the cars (and Number 21 bus)that had right of way and were actually excersising this right at the time!

it was utter madness. they did not have full control of the ponies/horses.

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