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    How to overtake horse riders on the road

    Large and powerful, horses can if startled by noise or fast-moving vehicles, easily panic and subsequently bolt. Overtaking horse riders on the road with extreme care is therefore of utmost importance. Here is how to safely overtake horse riders.

    How to overtake horse riders on the road

    The consequences of an accident involving horse riders on the road can be horrific for horses, their riders, drivers and cars. Between 2010 and 2015, for instance, 116 riders were seriously injured and another 11 were killed in collisions with vehicles. To help reduce the risk of road accidents involving horses, motorists approaching and/or overtaking horses must:

    • Slow down & be prepared to stop if required
    • Look out for a rider’s signal to stop or slow down
    • Watch for sudden movements, as horses are unpredictable and easily startled
    • Never rev your engine or sound your horn
    • When overtaking, pass slowly and wide, giving the horse ample space
    • Once past the horse, do not accelerate rapidly, but continue moving slowly

    This video demonstrates quite clearly how to safely overtake horse riders on the road.

    Horse riders on the road

    Horse riders can also help to minimise the risk of accidents on the road by:

    • Always displaying reflective/fluorescent clothing on both horse and rider, regardless of light and weather conditions
    • Avoiding riding in darkness, fog or failing light
    • Avoiding snowy or icy roads
    • Never taking mounted groups exceeding eight horses onto roads
    • Moving into single file (if riding side by side) as soon as overtaking is safe for motorists
    • Always crossing major crossroads in a group, as opposed to trickling across one at a time

    When riding a horse that is particularly nervous or not used to traffic, it is recommended to ask another rider with a calmer, more experienced horse to accompany you.

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    If you were injured while horse riding and someone else was responsible for your injury, you could qualify for horse riding injury compensation.

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    Call our freephone helpline today to:

    • Get expert horse riding accident advice
    • 100% no-win, no-fee* assistance in conducting your personal injury claim by our highly skilled, experienced in-house solicitors

    The numbers to call from your mobile or any UK landline phone respectively are 0333 500 0993 and 0800 689 0500. Strictly confidential and free of any obligation to pursue a claim through us, both lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    Date Published: May 8, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice


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