RIDERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE HIGHWAY CODE - Be safe and seen!!

It is inevitable that you and your horse will be out on the road at some stage even if its to reach a nearby bridleway, so just like drivers, riders should be aware of the Highway Code and obey a few simple rules.

DO'S AND DON'TS 

DO
  • Use hi-vis clothing - It's easy to point the finger at drivers, but riders must take their responsibilities seriously too - so ensure you and your horse can be seen clearly on the roads.
  • Wear a British safety standard hat and body protector - Its sensible and makes sense.
  • Always thank polite drivers - a smile or nod is sufficient - it will encourage them to be considerate in the future.
  • Where possible ride in single file, or two abreast at most  and use clear hand signals to convey to drivers what you intend to do or what you would like them to do. 
  • Ride on the left hand side of the road, do not steer to the middle even when turning right, wait for the road to clear and then turn.
DONT
  • Hack  on the road in poor or fading light even if you are wearing Hi-viz gear.
  • Never ride out an inexperienced horse without a steady and experienced  companion.
  • Never assume that your chosen route is quiet and safe from dangerous traffic. (BHS states that over half of all accidents occur on minor roads - its a good idea to take your BHS Riding and Road Safety Test)
  • Ride on pavements, they were made for pedestrians
  • Avoid using your phone, I-phone or smoking when in the saddle
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