Horse Riders on the Roads: Make Sure You Know What to Do

posted on Nov 29 2013 by Jade Hensby

Horse Riders on the Roads: Make Sure You Know What to Do

The farther into country lanes you drive, the closer youll get to find a horse rider on the road. Surprisingly many people do not know and do not follow the correct driving manoeuvres when driving around horses. This short blog will explain what you as drivers need to know so that you, horse and rider will stay safe on the roads.

Advice for motorists: if you see a horse and rider you should:

  • Slow down and be ready to stop if necessary.

  • Look out for other riders signals to slow down or stop.

  • Watch out for sudden movements as horses can be easily frightened and unpredictable.

  • Dont sound your horn or rev your engine as this can scare the horse.

  • Pass wide and slow when overtaking, giving the horse plenty of room and make sure you dont accelerate rapidly once you have passed them.

  • If you are on a roundabout, horse riders will keep to the left within the roundabout until reaching their exit, where they will signal left. They will also normally signal right only when approaching exits they do not intend to use.

Advice for horse riders:

  • Always display fluorescent or reflective clothing on both horse and rider whatever the weather or light conditions.

  • If avoidable, do not ride in falling light or darkness. Also be sure to avoid icy or snowy roads.

  • If you are riding a horse that is not used to roads, ask a rider with a horse who is experienced and calm to accompany you.

  • Never take a mounted group of more than eight horses on the road.

  • Ride in single file.

  • Always cross major road crossings in a group, rather than trickling across one by one.

  • Leave details of your intended route and estimated time of return with a responsible person.