VIDEO: Woman rides horse into Bishop Auckland Tesco for NekNomination craze

HORSE STUNT: Inky Ralph, from Bishop Auckland, with her horse Harvey in Tesco

HORSE STUNT: Inky Ralph, from Bishop Auckland, with her horse Harvey in Tesco

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A WOMAN has defended her actions as “harmless fun” after riding a horse into a supermarket and downing a drink as part of new craze sweeping the internet.

In footage posted on Facebook, Inky Ralph can be clearly seen entering Tesco, in St Helen Auckland, Bishop Auckland, yesterday on the back of her horse Harvey much to the shock of staff and shoppers.

The stunt was a NekNomination, the name for a new social network craze thought to have originated in Australia which has now become a hit in the UK and Ireland.

It involves friends nominating each other to do challenges and finishing it by downing a drink, usually something alcoholic, before posting their exploits on the internet.

However, concerns have been raised about the extreme lengths people are going to after it was linked to two deaths in Ireland following excessive drinking.

The Northern Echo:
Miss Ralph with Harvey

Miss Ralph, 21, said: “I think it (NekNomination) is fairly safe as long as you take careful consideration into what you’re doing. I believe this was linked to excessive drinking. I don’t drink so I stuck to Pepsi Max.”

It emerged today that the deputy headteacher of Richmond School, Jenna Potter, has written to parents highlighting concerns over NekNomination after discovering a number of students had got involved with challenges.

Facebook, which celebrates its 10th birthday today (Tuesday), has rejected calls to ban pages linked to NekNominations, but Helen Goodman, MP for Bishop Auckland, said encouraging it on social networks was “totally irresponsible”.

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7:40pm Tue 4 Feb 14

English lad says...

Idiot!!!
Idiot!!! English lad
  • Score: 74

8:27pm Tue 4 Feb 14

roaduser98 says...

tosser!!
tosser!! roaduser98
  • Score: 56

9:38pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Andie68 says...

Was this horse rider totally confident that her horse wouldnt be spooked by being in a supermaket and run amok? And did she even consider that she might scare people, im afraid of horses because i had a bad experience but well done she got herself into the press so more points to her!
Was this horse rider totally confident that her horse wouldnt be spooked by being in a supermaket and run amok? And did she even consider that she might scare people, im afraid of horses because i had a bad experience but well done she got herself into the press so more points to her! Andie68
  • Score: 50

10:09pm Tue 4 Feb 14

John H Waiting says...

Ban her from the store.. Health and safety ignored by this foolish woman. What if the animal had defecated .
Ban her from the store.. Health and safety ignored by this foolish woman. What if the animal had defecated . John H Waiting
  • Score: 53

10:33pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Voice-of-reality says...

In answer to the above posts:
1. Given the number of travellers who use this Tesco - one imagines that the horse would have felt quite at home.
2. It gave the horse the time and opportunity to greive for its relatives who were, hitherto, in the deep freeze of Tescos masquerading as beefburgers.
3. We are constantly told of the need to be greener for the environment - riding a horse rather than driving a car - is surely an example of 'every little helps'.
In answer to the above posts: 1. Given the number of travellers who use this Tesco - one imagines that the horse would have felt quite at home. 2. It gave the horse the time and opportunity to greive for its relatives who were, hitherto, in the deep freeze of Tescos masquerading as beefburgers. 3. We are constantly told of the need to be greener for the environment - riding a horse rather than driving a car - is surely an example of 'every little helps'. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 36

10:41pm Tue 4 Feb 14

ExWVDC says...

Was clearly bothered about the safety her horse, u can see it slipping on the floor. Wonda if she paid for the drink....
Was clearly bothered about the safety her horse, u can see it slipping on the floor. Wonda if she paid for the drink.... ExWVDC
  • Score: 40

10:45pm Tue 4 Feb 14

HH1954 says...

wouldn't have got a second glance down Newgate Street. For Bishop read Dodge City.
wouldn't have got a second glance down Newgate Street. For Bishop read Dodge City. HH1954
  • Score: 21

11:39pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Andie68 says...

To add to my previous comment, had it become spooked and slipped it probably would have broken a leg, the horse can be seen clearly slipping on the floor. Silly girl, all for the sake of an internet craze
To add to my previous comment, had it become spooked and slipped it probably would have broken a leg, the horse can be seen clearly slipping on the floor. Silly girl, all for the sake of an internet craze Andie68
  • Score: 44

12:56am Wed 5 Feb 14

WAL666 says...

Everyday stuff in Darlington!
Everyday stuff in Darlington! WAL666
  • Score: -8

8:22am Wed 5 Feb 14

Butafly says...

whats happened with other things that used to be fun, just having a drink must not be enough for dome people no more,without needing to do drugs, or to fo other pathetic stupid things.

Worst part about it she still acted stupid without alcohol.

The uk is not the same no more,always trying to hop in americas shoes,
proms for a start,there was no such thing in the uk years ago,it was more about pranking teachers,washing up liquid down toilets etc, having a laugh lol.

Also american size portions of food lol.

Now this stupid neck yourself stupid craze.

Poor horse,it took her there,surely it deserved a drink too lol
whats happened with other things that used to be fun, just having a drink must not be enough for dome people no more,without needing to do drugs, or to fo other pathetic stupid things. Worst part about it she still acted stupid without alcohol. The uk is not the same no more,always trying to hop in americas shoes, proms for a start,there was no such thing in the uk years ago,it was more about pranking teachers,washing up liquid down toilets etc, having a laugh lol. Also american size portions of food lol. Now this stupid neck yourself stupid craze. Poor horse,it took her there,surely it deserved a drink too lol Butafly
  • Score: 18

9:11am Wed 5 Feb 14

rat man says...

Well done Northern Echo , for giving these benefit scroungers publicity!
Well done Northern Echo , for giving these benefit scroungers publicity! rat man
  • Score: 24

9:23am Wed 5 Feb 14

Butafly says...

rat man...its not the echo its the mr kyle show that does that.
How on earth people can watch people belittle themselves even littler i dont know.

I think the downside of the echo posting the blackbeauty story is that it will encourage even more stupidity of people wanting to better what she did.
Peopld have killed themselves foing the 'american' craze, whats happened to good old fashioned drinking nacking ya mates at pool etc, then knocking some shapes out til early hours,
now people are that rat-arsd or drugged up just to have a good night.

Not everyones stupid in drink,just some clowns go too far.
rat man...its not the echo its the mr kyle show that does that. How on earth people can watch people belittle themselves even littler i dont know. I think the downside of the echo posting the blackbeauty story is that it will encourage even more stupidity of people wanting to better what she did. Peopld have killed themselves foing the 'american' craze, whats happened to good old fashioned drinking nacking ya mates at pool etc, then knocking some shapes out til early hours, now people are that rat-arsd or drugged up just to have a good night. Not everyones stupid in drink,just some clowns go too far. Butafly
  • Score: 15

9:24am Wed 5 Feb 14

Butafly says...

apologies for type errors lol
apologies for type errors lol Butafly
  • Score: 1

10:07am Wed 5 Feb 14

grandmab says...

Hope she brought her baggie to poop n' scoop.
Hope she brought her baggie to poop n' scoop. grandmab
  • Score: 3

10:25am Wed 5 Feb 14

shadow35 says...

Arrest her show example of her. This game is stupid n childish. Poor horse looks scared and was slipping all over.
Arrest her show example of her. This game is stupid n childish. Poor horse looks scared and was slipping all over. shadow35
  • Score: 36

10:43am Wed 5 Feb 14

studio says...

Butafly wrote:
whats happened with other things that used to be fun, just having a drink must not be enough for dome people no more,without needing to do drugs, or to fo other pathetic stupid things. Worst part about it she still acted stupid without alcohol. The uk is not the same no more,always trying to hop in americas shoes, proms for a start,there was no such thing in the uk years ago,it was more about pranking teachers,washing up liquid down toilets etc, having a laugh lol. Also american size portions of food lol. Now this stupid neck yourself stupid craze. Poor horse,it took her there,surely it deserved a drink too lol
This craze actually stated in Australia, not America.
[quote][p][bold]Butafly[/bold] wrote: whats happened with other things that used to be fun, just having a drink must not be enough for dome people no more,without needing to do drugs, or to fo other pathetic stupid things. Worst part about it she still acted stupid without alcohol. The uk is not the same no more,always trying to hop in americas shoes, proms for a start,there was no such thing in the uk years ago,it was more about pranking teachers,washing up liquid down toilets etc, having a laugh lol. Also american size portions of food lol. Now this stupid neck yourself stupid craze. Poor horse,it took her there,surely it deserved a drink too lol[/p][/quote]This craze actually stated in Australia, not America. studio
  • Score: 6

10:49am Wed 5 Feb 14

Butafly says...

@studio. Ah right wel even worse...the uk are trying to be eveything but uk, not surprising the amount of people now living here that arn't from uk lol gawd help the uk when poland start a new craze
@studio. Ah right wel even worse...the uk are trying to be eveything but uk, not surprising the amount of people now living here that arn't from uk lol gawd help the uk when poland start a new craze Butafly
  • Score: 4

10:49am Wed 5 Feb 14

Ctrl+Alt+Delete says...

How dare she have fun!
How dare she have fun! Ctrl+Alt+Delete
  • Score: -37

11:14am Wed 5 Feb 14

lfp says...

shame on the echo for printing pictures of her
shame on the echo for printing pictures of her lfp
  • Score: 8

12:30pm Wed 5 Feb 14

behonest says...

I have to confess to laughing when I read this.

Come on guys, lighten up. She drank Pepsi Max, not a harmful full sugar cola drink that the State wants to ban.
I have to confess to laughing when I read this. Come on guys, lighten up. She drank Pepsi Max, not a harmful full sugar cola drink that the State wants to ban. behonest
  • Score: -40

1:02pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Heat1969 says...

Pathetic, irresponsible girl who gave no thought to what she was doing and the possible danger to others. What if a toddler had been near by or an elderly or disabled person who could not get out of the way. This is not fun; it is stupidity in it's true form.
Pathetic, irresponsible girl who gave no thought to what she was doing and the possible danger to others. What if a toddler had been near by or an elderly or disabled person who could not get out of the way. This is not fun; it is stupidity in it's true form. Heat1969
  • Score: 45

1:50pm Wed 5 Feb 14

SS says...

I can see the funny side of it, I'm not a total killjoy. However, it could have had a not so happy ending.....a lot of the scenarios played out in comments above could clearly have occurred. Wonder how the lass would feel if the headline was "toddler seriously injured after being trampled by horse in supermarket".
I can see the funny side of it, I'm not a total killjoy. However, it could have had a not so happy ending.....a lot of the scenarios played out in comments above could clearly have occurred. Wonder how the lass would feel if the headline was "toddler seriously injured after being trampled by horse in supermarket". SS
  • Score: 23

6:08pm Wed 5 Feb 14

little miss me says...

Silly little girl
Silly little girl little miss me
  • Score: 16

6:16pm Wed 5 Feb 14

hinomeumo says...

The RSPCA should be involved at the highest level. This constitutes animal cruelty/endangering animal welfare. The idiot should be prosecuted through the courts and banned from keeping animals(permanently?
). Agree with Heat1969 re disabled/toddler but would add elderly to that mix.
The RSPCA should be involved at the highest level. This constitutes animal cruelty/endangering animal welfare. The idiot should be prosecuted through the courts and banned from keeping animals(permanently? ). Agree with Heat1969 re disabled/toddler but would add elderly to that mix. hinomeumo
  • Score: 23

9:58pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Ctrl+Alt+Delete says...

Silly mare not very stable I bet
Silly mare not very stable I bet Ctrl+Alt+Delete
  • Score: 6

10:14pm Wed 5 Feb 14

smiler03 says...

Prosecute the moron with reckless behaviour which could endanger human life and impose a lifelong ban on her ever riding a horse again.
Prosecute the moron with reckless behaviour which could endanger human life and impose a lifelong ban on her ever riding a horse again. smiler03
  • Score: 17

10:22pm Wed 5 Feb 14

johnny_p says...

Funny this- a girl rides a horse into a supermarket and the hate comments start. And yet if you ride a horse or cycle on the roads it's seemingly okay for car drivers to drive dangerously close to you, harass and intimidate you.

I expect dozens of thumbs down, but I expect no less from people who can't think for themselves.
Funny this- a girl rides a horse into a supermarket and the hate comments start. And yet if you ride a horse or cycle on the roads it's seemingly okay for car drivers to drive dangerously close to you, harass and intimidate you. I expect dozens of thumbs down, but I expect no less from people who can't think for themselves. johnny_p
  • Score: -23

6:53am Thu 6 Feb 14

youcantdenythetruth says...

johnny_p wrote:
Funny this- a girl rides a horse into a supermarket and the hate comments start. And yet if you ride a horse or cycle on the roads it's seemingly okay for car drivers to drive dangerously close to you, harass and intimidate you.

I expect dozens of thumbs down, but I expect no less from people who can't think for themselves.
Stick to the story theres a good chap.
[quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: Funny this- a girl rides a horse into a supermarket and the hate comments start. And yet if you ride a horse or cycle on the roads it's seemingly okay for car drivers to drive dangerously close to you, harass and intimidate you. I expect dozens of thumbs down, but I expect no less from people who can't think for themselves.[/p][/quote]Stick to the story theres a good chap. youcantdenythetruth
  • Score: 14

12:37pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Heat1969 says...

johnny_p wrote:
Funny this- a girl rides a horse into a supermarket and the hate comments start. And yet if you ride a horse or cycle on the roads it's seemingly okay for car drivers to drive dangerously close to you, harass and intimidate you. I expect dozens of thumbs down, but I expect no less from people who can't think for themselves.
I find your comments quite rude and arrogant thinking you are right and everyone else is wrong. There is NO similarity between this irresponsible individual riding a horse into a shop and a horse being on the roads.

Though your comparison is totally irrelevant and inapprorpriate I do feel the need to say that there is good and bad on both sides. I am a very responsible motorist who always gives other road users respect and distance. However, just as there are irresponsible motorists there are also some very irresponsible cyclists and horse riders out there too. About time they paid tax and insurance as well so that there is some traceability when they are doing something wrong.
[quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: Funny this- a girl rides a horse into a supermarket and the hate comments start. And yet if you ride a horse or cycle on the roads it's seemingly okay for car drivers to drive dangerously close to you, harass and intimidate you. I expect dozens of thumbs down, but I expect no less from people who can't think for themselves.[/p][/quote]I find your comments quite rude and arrogant thinking you are right and everyone else is wrong. There is NO similarity between this irresponsible individual riding a horse into a shop and a horse being on the roads. Though your comparison is totally irrelevant and inapprorpriate I do feel the need to say that there is good and bad on both sides. I am a very responsible motorist who always gives other road users respect and distance. However, just as there are irresponsible motorists there are also some very irresponsible cyclists and horse riders out there too. About time they paid tax and insurance as well so that there is some traceability when they are doing something wrong. Heat1969
  • Score: 8

12:44pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Butafly says...

wish i never ticked the "email me when new comment is made" now lol.

Oh deah theres another story about neknom in saltburn
wish i never ticked the "email me when new comment is made" now lol. Oh deah theres another story about neknom in saltburn Butafly
  • Score: 4

3:09pm Thu 6 Feb 14

taxpayers says...

Ctrl+Alt+Delete wrote:
Silly mare not very stable I bet
good one , a sense of humour at last
[quote][p][bold]Ctrl+Alt+Delete[/bold] wrote: Silly mare not very stable I bet[/p][/quote]good one , a sense of humour at last taxpayers
  • Score: 2

3:18pm Thu 6 Feb 14

johnny_p says...

Heat1969 wrote:
johnny_p wrote:
Funny this- a girl rides a horse into a supermarket and the hate comments start. And yet if you ride a horse or cycle on the roads it's seemingly okay for car drivers to drive dangerously close to you, harass and intimidate you. I expect dozens of thumbs down, but I expect no less from people who can't think for themselves.
I find your comments quite rude and arrogant thinking you are right and everyone else is wrong. There is NO similarity between this irresponsible individual riding a horse into a shop and a horse being on the roads.

Though your comparison is totally irrelevant and inapprorpriate I do feel the need to say that there is good and bad on both sides. I am a very responsible motorist who always gives other road users respect and distance. However, just as there are irresponsible motorists there are also some very irresponsible cyclists and horse riders out there too. About time they paid tax and insurance as well so that there is some traceability when they are doing something wrong.
I find a lot of the comments here are from people who overreact to articles involving "cruelty" to animals. For a start how can riding a horse into a supermarket be regarded as cruel? I don't see similar letters with people complaining about the "cruelty" involved with show jumping or other such equine activities.

A while ago there was an article in The Echo where somebody was given a suspended sentence for being cruel to a dog. It attracted over one-hundred and ten comments. And yet a similar article reporting child cruelty only managed to invoke around a dozen comments.

And I reiterate- we are so desperately concerned for a horse in a supermarket "being spooked" but we don't care if the same happens when a horse is on the road. I really don't worry that a horse will be injured by the rider's behaviour- and I can bet the Police will fail to get a conviction either.

But that's us British eh? We donate ten times as much to the NSPCA as we do to the NSPCC. So I'm sorry "Heat1969" but you are obviously from a different generation if you think my comments are invalid because they don't agree with yours. Can I remind you that opinions aren't right or wrong- they are just that; opinions.
[quote][p][bold]Heat1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: Funny this- a girl rides a horse into a supermarket and the hate comments start. And yet if you ride a horse or cycle on the roads it's seemingly okay for car drivers to drive dangerously close to you, harass and intimidate you. I expect dozens of thumbs down, but I expect no less from people who can't think for themselves.[/p][/quote]I find your comments quite rude and arrogant thinking you are right and everyone else is wrong. There is NO similarity between this irresponsible individual riding a horse into a shop and a horse being on the roads. Though your comparison is totally irrelevant and inapprorpriate I do feel the need to say that there is good and bad on both sides. I am a very responsible motorist who always gives other road users respect and distance. However, just as there are irresponsible motorists there are also some very irresponsible cyclists and horse riders out there too. About time they paid tax and insurance as well so that there is some traceability when they are doing something wrong.[/p][/quote]I find a lot of the comments here are from people who overreact to articles involving "cruelty" to animals. For a start how can riding a horse into a supermarket be regarded as cruel? I don't see similar letters with people complaining about the "cruelty" involved with show jumping or other such equine activities. A while ago there was an article in The Echo where somebody was given a suspended sentence for being cruel to a dog. It attracted over one-hundred and ten comments. And yet a similar article reporting child cruelty only managed to invoke around a dozen comments. And I reiterate- we are so desperately concerned for a horse in a supermarket "being spooked" but we don't care if the same happens when a horse is on the road. I really don't worry that a horse will be injured by the rider's behaviour- and I can bet the Police will fail to get a conviction either. But that's us British eh? We donate ten times as much to the NSPCA as we do to the NSPCC. So I'm sorry "Heat1969" but you are obviously from a different generation if you think my comments are invalid because they don't agree with yours. Can I remind you that opinions aren't right or wrong- they are just that; opinions. johnny_p
  • Score: -4

7:28pm Fri 7 Feb 14

maur1 says...

stupid woman im scared of horses, like a few says what about elderly disabled and kids,she should be took to court give her a big fine, might stop this stupid latest craze.
stupid woman im scared of horses, like a few says what about elderly disabled and kids,she should be took to court give her a big fine, might stop this stupid latest craze. maur1
  • Score: 3

8:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

theWorkerScum says...

Couldn't believe it when I first heard this, then I heard it was a store in bishop Auckland and it made sense.
Couldn't believe it when I first heard this, then I heard it was a store in bishop Auckland and it made sense. theWorkerScum
  • Score: 9

7:48pm Sat 8 Feb 14

John Justice says...

I understand TESCO have banned this girl for life along with her friends who filmed the incident. Horses are unpredictable creatures and this horse was ridden into a situation that I suspect it had never before experienced so the danger to the public, the horse and its rider was increased. The Police will be looking at offences of Breach of the peace, theft of the drink and other related offences. Before any one comments that the drink was paid for then if the drink was paid for before this girl drank it then there is no offence. If she drank it before she paid for it then it is theft. Simples really. I also suppose that we could expect a backlash from this girls family in response to the TESCO life ban but that would not surprise me at all.
I understand TESCO have banned this girl for life along with her friends who filmed the incident. Horses are unpredictable creatures and this horse was ridden into a situation that I suspect it had never before experienced so the danger to the public, the horse and its rider was increased. The Police will be looking at offences of Breach of the peace, theft of the drink and other related offences. Before any one comments that the drink was paid for then if the drink was paid for before this girl drank it then there is no offence. If she drank it before she paid for it then it is theft. Simples really. I also suppose that we could expect a backlash from this girls family in response to the TESCO life ban but that would not surprise me at all. John Justice
  • Score: 3

2:08pm Sun 9 Feb 14

banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname says...

John Justice wrote:
I understand TESCO have banned this girl for life along with her friends who filmed the incident. Horses are unpredictable creatures and this horse was ridden into a situation that I suspect it had never before experienced so the danger to the public, the horse and its rider was increased. The Police will be looking at offences of Breach of the peace, theft of the drink and other related offences. Before any one comments that the drink was paid for then if the drink was paid for before this girl drank it then there is no offence. If she drank it before she paid for it then it is theft. Simples really. I also suppose that we could expect a backlash from this girls family in response to the TESCO life ban but that would not surprise me at all.
And your point is?
[quote][p][bold]John Justice[/bold] wrote: I understand TESCO have banned this girl for life along with her friends who filmed the incident. Horses are unpredictable creatures and this horse was ridden into a situation that I suspect it had never before experienced so the danger to the public, the horse and its rider was increased. The Police will be looking at offences of Breach of the peace, theft of the drink and other related offences. Before any one comments that the drink was paid for then if the drink was paid for before this girl drank it then there is no offence. If she drank it before she paid for it then it is theft. Simples really. I also suppose that we could expect a backlash from this girls family in response to the TESCO life ban but that would not surprise me at all.[/p][/quote]And your point is? banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname
  • Score: 1

8:02pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Lifetime Townie says...

seesee wrote:
I would like to know what the police intend to do, endangering public safety.
The RSPCA cruelty to animals.
Her parents should give her a bloody good clip round the ear and make her apologise publically to Tesco. any type of accident could have cost her, her freedom and a lot a lot of financial compensation. The stupid idiot!
Her smirking pose with her horse suggests that she has done no wrong and is immune from any police action. Car drivers are banned for lesser misdemeanors so perhaps the horse should be removed from her possession and given a good home elsewhere. She obviously is not in control of herself!
[quote][p][bold]seesee[/bold] wrote: I would like to know what the police intend to do, endangering public safety. The RSPCA cruelty to animals. Her parents should give her a bloody good clip round the ear and make her apologise publically to Tesco. any type of accident could have cost her, her freedom and a lot a lot of financial compensation. The stupid idiot![/p][/quote]Her smirking pose with her horse suggests that she has done no wrong and is immune from any police action. Car drivers are banned for lesser misdemeanors so perhaps the horse should be removed from her possession and given a good home elsewhere. She obviously is not in control of herself! Lifetime Townie
  • Score: 4

9:52pm Mon 10 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

She would be more interesting and 'revealing' if she had been a 'Lady Godiva' lookalike.....otherw
ise just boring.
She would be more interesting and 'revealing' if she had been a 'Lady Godiva' lookalike.....otherw ise just boring. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 0

5:57am Tue 11 Feb 14

jd6620 says...

I seem to remember seeing something about a horse or pony being taken to care homes so the residents could pat & stroke it & people were saying how marvellous, whats the diferrence?
I seem to remember seeing something about a horse or pony being taken to care homes so the residents could pat & stroke it & people were saying how marvellous, whats the diferrence? jd6620
  • Score: -3

11:05am Tue 11 Feb 14

Heat1969 says...

johnny_p wrote:
Heat1969 wrote:
johnny_p wrote: Funny this- a girl rides a horse into a supermarket and the hate comments start. And yet if you ride a horse or cycle on the roads it's seemingly okay for car drivers to drive dangerously close to you, harass and intimidate you. I expect dozens of thumbs down, but I expect no less from people who can't think for themselves.
I find your comments quite rude and arrogant thinking you are right and everyone else is wrong. There is NO similarity between this irresponsible individual riding a horse into a shop and a horse being on the roads. Though your comparison is totally irrelevant and inapprorpriate I do feel the need to say that there is good and bad on both sides. I am a very responsible motorist who always gives other road users respect and distance. However, just as there are irresponsible motorists there are also some very irresponsible cyclists and horse riders out there too. About time they paid tax and insurance as well so that there is some traceability when they are doing something wrong.
I find a lot of the comments here are from people who overreact to articles involving "cruelty" to animals. For a start how can riding a horse into a supermarket be regarded as cruel? I don't see similar letters with people complaining about the "cruelty" involved with show jumping or other such equine activities. A while ago there was an article in The Echo where somebody was given a suspended sentence for being cruel to a dog. It attracted over one-hundred and ten comments. And yet a similar article reporting child cruelty only managed to invoke around a dozen comments. And I reiterate- we are so desperately concerned for a horse in a supermarket "being spooked" but we don't care if the same happens when a horse is on the road. I really don't worry that a horse will be injured by the rider's behaviour- and I can bet the Police will fail to get a conviction either. But that's us British eh? We donate ten times as much to the NSPCA as we do to the NSPCC. So I'm sorry "Heat1969" but you are obviously from a different generation if you think my comments are invalid because they don't agree with yours. Can I remind you that opinions aren't right or wrong- they are just that; opinions.
I did not say your comments were invalid because they did not agree with mine. I am a firm believer in everyone being entitled to their opinion when it is relevant to a discussion. What I did say was that the comparison you made between horses on the road and this silly individual riding a horse into a store was irrelevant. Again you have failed to comment on anything I actually posted but instead use it as an excuse to make your own rantings again about things not related to anything I have actually said. No where did i mention cruelty to animals yet you harp on about it. My original post actually commented on the threat to other people in the store being injured i.e. a child, elderly or disabled person. I at least responded to your comments with regards to motorists etc but you fail to respond to that instead chossing to go off on a tangent totally irrelevant to anything i have said so i fail to understand why you chose to respond to me directly rather than making a general post!!
[quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Heat1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: Funny this- a girl rides a horse into a supermarket and the hate comments start. And yet if you ride a horse or cycle on the roads it's seemingly okay for car drivers to drive dangerously close to you, harass and intimidate you. I expect dozens of thumbs down, but I expect no less from people who can't think for themselves.[/p][/quote]I find your comments quite rude and arrogant thinking you are right and everyone else is wrong. There is NO similarity between this irresponsible individual riding a horse into a shop and a horse being on the roads. Though your comparison is totally irrelevant and inapprorpriate I do feel the need to say that there is good and bad on both sides. I am a very responsible motorist who always gives other road users respect and distance. However, just as there are irresponsible motorists there are also some very irresponsible cyclists and horse riders out there too. About time they paid tax and insurance as well so that there is some traceability when they are doing something wrong.[/p][/quote]I find a lot of the comments here are from people who overreact to articles involving "cruelty" to animals. For a start how can riding a horse into a supermarket be regarded as cruel? I don't see similar letters with people complaining about the "cruelty" involved with show jumping or other such equine activities. A while ago there was an article in The Echo where somebody was given a suspended sentence for being cruel to a dog. It attracted over one-hundred and ten comments. And yet a similar article reporting child cruelty only managed to invoke around a dozen comments. And I reiterate- we are so desperately concerned for a horse in a supermarket "being spooked" but we don't care if the same happens when a horse is on the road. I really don't worry that a horse will be injured by the rider's behaviour- and I can bet the Police will fail to get a conviction either. But that's us British eh? We donate ten times as much to the NSPCA as we do to the NSPCC. So I'm sorry "Heat1969" but you are obviously from a different generation if you think my comments are invalid because they don't agree with yours. Can I remind you that opinions aren't right or wrong- they are just that; opinions.[/p][/quote]I did not say your comments were invalid because they did not agree with mine. I am a firm believer in everyone being entitled to their opinion when it is relevant to a discussion. What I did say was that the comparison you made between horses on the road and this silly individual riding a horse into a store was irrelevant. Again you have failed to comment on anything I actually posted but instead use it as an excuse to make your own rantings again about things not related to anything I have actually said. No where did i mention cruelty to animals yet you harp on about it. My original post actually commented on the threat to other people in the store being injured i.e. a child, elderly or disabled person. I at least responded to your comments with regards to motorists etc but you fail to respond to that instead chossing to go off on a tangent totally irrelevant to anything i have said so i fail to understand why you chose to respond to me directly rather than making a general post!! Heat1969
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2:56pm Tue 11 Feb 14

dm1970 says...

What a lovely spread by the echo, plenty of pics plus a video OF SOMEONE WHO BROKE THE LAW, but we all know why, elephant in the room.
What a lovely spread by the echo, plenty of pics plus a video OF SOMEONE WHO BROKE THE LAW, but we all know why, elephant in the room. dm1970
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5:49pm Tue 11 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

This does not surprise you when you see the 'USA rubbish on TV, 'Guns, Violence', illegal grafittie punters, 'Rap NOISE', (its not music), and sheer GREED. I could make a more interesting noise clanging two metal dustbin lids together. ' New York the immoral ''SICK FILTHY DUSTBIN of the world and 'crackers in Britain' appauld and copy it all.
This does not surprise you when you see the 'USA rubbish on TV, 'Guns, Violence', illegal grafittie punters, 'Rap NOISE', (its not music), and sheer GREED. I could make a more interesting noise clanging two metal dustbin lids together. ' New York the immoral ''SICK FILTHY DUSTBIN of the world and 'crackers in Britain' appauld and copy it all. cushybutterfield
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5:59pm Tue 11 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

Its amazing you get all these punters 'whinging, bleating, moaning about a horse in a supermarket , its rider , 'Having broken the Law', but I doubt if just ONE of them would pick up A PHONE and have the 'basic common sense' and civic pride, to **RING the Police if a anti-'social disorder' punter, was racing around any 'Council or Private estate at lOO Milies, plus... Per Hour' on a MOTOR BIKE, (As some do 'every weekend' on some mainly 'Council 'Sink' Estates, in the north east), 'endangering life and limb of children and everyone'.
Its amazing you get all these punters 'whinging, bleating, moaning about a horse in a supermarket , its rider , 'Having broken the Law', but I doubt if just ONE of them would pick up A PHONE and have the 'basic common sense' and civic pride, to **RING the Police if a anti-'social disorder' punter, was racing around any 'Council or Private estate at lOO Milies, plus... Per Hour' on a MOTOR BIKE, (As some do 'every weekend' on some mainly 'Council 'Sink' Estates, in the north east), 'endangering life and limb of children and everyone'. cushybutterfield
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5:39pm Tue 25 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

Many people in this country care more about animals that elderly people, just pathetic.
Many people in this country care more about animals that elderly people, just pathetic. cushybutterfield
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