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Horse riding

Drivers and horse riders both have a right to use the road and share a responsibility to consider each other's safety.

Please take note of the tips below and read the advice given in the 'Horse sense' guide, produced by THINK! and the British Horse Society.

Advice for motorists

  • Look out for horses being led or ridden on the road - slow down.
  • At left-hand bends and on narrow country roads, take extra care and keep your speed down.
  • When behind a horse rider, give them plenty of room and be ready to stop.
  • Do not sound your horn or rev your engine - horses are powerful but vulnerable animals, easily scared by noise and may panic around fast moving vehicles.

Advice for horse riders

  • Make sure that you are well visible by wearing fluorescent or reflective clothing.
  • Give a motorist an extra three seconds to see you.
  • Remember: Be seen - be safe.

Visit the British Horse Society (BHS) website for safety guidelines (opens in new window)

Advice for landowners

  • Loose horses can cause major accidents.
  • Keep your fields and fences properly maintained.
  • Keep your gates locked.

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