Although horse riding on roads isn’t incredibly practical, there are times when it is necessary. There are steps you can take when horse riding on roads that will help you do so as safely as possible to avoid injuring drivers, your horse and yourself.
Horse riding on roads safely
If you’re not fully up to date with the Highway Code or have forgotten chunks of it, it may be worth refreshing your memory and reading up on the rules again. You should avoid main and busy roads as much as you can and maintain rein contact so you’re always in control of the horse. If horses are startled and you are riding with a loose rein, accidents can occur. Make sure you’re riding near the kerb, never more than two abreast. You may wish to opt for a single file with the more experienced rider at the front if traffic levels do rise. Make sure there is a gap the length of a horse between each rider. You aren’t permitted to ride on footpaths but may be able to use grass verges unless local bylaws say you can’t. Never canter on a grass verge.
Keep a close eye on the traffic around you and avoid hazards as much as you can. Take an alternative route if you need to so the horse is not alarmed. You need to remain on the left side even if you are at a junction and need to turn right. When you do turn, you need to ensure drivers can see your signal, so hold your arm out firmly for three seconds in a horizontal fashion. It’s vital that you wear a riding hat and hi-visibility clothing when horse riding on roads.
Do you need to take legal action?
We can help you if you’ve been injured whilst horse riding on roads and it wasn’t your fault, or if you came to harm because someone else was horse riding and breaking the rules of the road. At Accident Advice Helpline, we do have a great deal of experience when it comes to helping people claim for road accidents. What’s more is that we work on a no-win, no-fee basis. To find out more about how we can help you, call 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile). You can also take our 30-second online test to determine your claim’s eligibility.