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Electric fence too close to footpath so horses some too close

Reported via desktop in the Gate/stile category anonymously at 15:24, Fri 8 September 2023

Sent to Rutland County Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4973288.

There is a horse field with an electric fence extremely close to a yellow posted footpath as you enter through the gate on Manor Lane towards the Ridgeway. The problem is, the horses, as lovely as they are, come right over the fence and so close that their heads are often over the path which spook my dogs out - and me if I'm honest - resulting in us having to abort the walk on several occasions, and get stuck in the middle of the footpath barricaded in by a horse at either end. There is no room to be able to walk safely past without the horses making noises and wagging there heads and I am worried my dogs - and me - could get kicked. If the electric fence wasn't so close to the footpath the horses wouldn't be able to come so dangerously close. It's such a shame that for me, access to this beautiful yellow posted walk has been denied because of this. Also, when it's muddy, I have seen an elderly couple slip and grab on to the electric fence and get electrocuted and put in a state of upset and fear. Surely this is not fair? here are many people who don't want horses coming so close to them for many reasons. The same would apply to bulls and cows. I f I go a petition going I know a considerable amount of people who would sign to get the fence pushes back just two metres for safety. I look forward to hearing back from anyone on this issue and enjoy the weekend. Regards - Laura Newton.

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  • Thank you for your report. We will investigate this and respond to you within 10 working days. Updates will be posted on IMPORTANT: To report anything dangerous, please call us on: 01572 722577

    Posted by Rutland County Council at 20:24, Fri 8 September 2023

  • A full response has been sent to the originator of this enquiry and this call is closed

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Rutland County Council at 19:24, Wed 27 September 2023

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