Ride horse to work, say equestrian enthusiasts

June 3rd, 2011 - 5:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, June 3 (IANS) China’s equestrian enthusiasts have launched a campaign of riding horses to work to promote a more environmentally friendly means of transportation.

About 1,500 people in more than a dozen cities will ride horses to work this week, reported Xinhua.

Participants from the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Chengdu, Shenyang, Xi’an, Hangzhou and Wenzhou will ride along planned routes to show that riding horses can be an attractive, low-emission form of transportation.

“We are promoting an environmentally friendly concept that doesn’t consume gasoline or create exhaust, as cars do,” Wu Gangfang, founder of the equestrian website horse.org.cn, said Friday.

The campaign was started by the website that is popular among horse enthusiasts.

Compared to being stuck in traffic jams during rush hour, riding a horse is a much more convenient mode of transportation, Wu said.

“It is also an effective way to get some exercise and stay healthy.”

There are no laws in China forbidding people from riding horses on public roads, but there are some regulations that forbid the use of vehicles drawn by animals.

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