Horse riders and motorists

Car drivers and horse riders both have a right to use the road. By considering each others' needs and following some basic advice, drivers and riders can help avoid accidents involving horses on the road.

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THINK! Advice

Advice for motorists

Slow down and be ready to stop if necessary

Look out for riders' signals to slow down or stop

Watch out for sudden movements, horses can be easily frightened and unpredictable

Don't sound your horn or rev your engine

Pass wide and slow when overtaking; giving the horse plenty of room. Don't accelerate rapidly once you have passed them.

On roundabouts, horse riders will keep to the left within the roundabout until reaching their exit, when they will signal left. They will normally signal right only when approaching exits they don't intend to use

Advice for horse riders

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

If at all avoidable, don't ride in failing light, fog or darkness. Avoid icy or snowy roads

If 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

If riding two abreast, move into single file as soon as it is safe for the motorist to overtake. Don't ride more than two abreast on the road

Always cross major 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