There are numerous safety guidelines when horse riding on roads. Exploring the countryside on horseback is a timeless hobby. It’s especially popular for stimulating a love of animals and exploring in young people. However, one thing that can easily ruin these adventures is a horse riding accident on the road. What starts out as a fun, exciting escapade can soon turn into a nightmare of serious, life-changing injuries.
What are the main safety guidelines when horse riding on roads?
When you are out horse riding on roads, your safety is dependent on both yourself and other road users. Even if you take every precaution possible, the reckless actions of others can easily lead to an accident on the road.
Between 2010 and 2015, 11 horse riders were killed and 166 seriously injured in incidents on the road. Horses can weigh more than half a tonne. They are easily scared by noise and sudden movements. It’s easy to see how they can cause serious accidents and injuries on the road.
The guidelines when horse riding on roads concern two main groups:
- Whatever the weather, always wear reflective and/or fluorescent clothing on both yourself and the horse. Visibility is key to safety.
- Avoid riding in fog, darkness and on snowy, icy or slippery roads.
- Don’t ride more than two abreast and move into a single file as soon as it is safe for the motorist to overtake.
- Avoid taking an inexperienced horse out alone. Always ask to be accompanied by a more experienced horse and rider.
- Never ride in more than groups of eight.
- Leave route details and an ETA with someone outside of the group so they can raise the alarm if necessary.
- Travel over major crossings in a group, not one by one.
- Slow your speed and be ready to stop if necessary.
- Don’t beep the horn, or rev the engine.
- When overtaking, do so slowly whilst giving the horses plenty of room. Gently move away and avoid accelerating hard once you are passed.
- Watch out for sudden movements and keep your wits about you. Horses can be unpredictable animals.
Horse riding accidents can be extremely worrying, especially if you are injured in one that wasn’t your fault.
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Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice