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Riding on the Road

At some time or other, most of us will end up needing to ride on the road. In this section, we offer some helpful tips and advice for riders when heading out on the road.

Here are some simple things you can do to help improve road safety in your area.

  • Be alert when you are riding, make eye contact with drivers and thank those who make any effort to accommodate you.
  • Wear hi-viz and reflective equipment on both you and your horse. It really does make a huge difference to how visible you are. Have a look at this photo taken on a bright, clear day.

    Did you see the horse and rider? They are there, but you may not be able to see them. Make sure you can be seen.
  • Contact local police and ask them to arrange a mobile speed camera visit to the problem area. Once drivers know there may be a camera there, they may become more speed-aware.
  • Try to be vigilant and develop a method for remembering vehicle registration plates so you can report dangerous or irresponsible driving to the police. This is always difficult when you are trying to control your horse but practice will help.
  • Distribute Horse Sense for Motorists, our Hit Your Brakes, Not My Horse poster and our 'Don't be a dark horse' poster wherever you can think of: local shops, community events, schools – anywhere it may be seen. Please make sure you gain permission to do so from the appropriate person or relevant authority.You can obtain hard copies of the posters and leaflet from
  • Make sure you are doing everything as safely as possible by taking your BHS Riding and Road Safety Test. Contact 02476 840482 for more details.
  • Distribute BHS and GEM Motoring Assist leaflet aimed at helping horse riders and drivers understand each others situation on the roads. There is room for everybody with a little consideration, these tips should help.
  • Always report any incident you have had.

Don't be a dark horse! Wearing hi-viz really does make a difference. Those extra three seconds in which drivers might see you could save your life and that of your horse. Wherever you are and whatever the weather, hi-viz for both horse and rider is essential. Please download our 'Don't be a dark horse' poster and distribute it where ever you can, making sure that you gain permission to do so first.

ROSPA have a very useful leaflet Drivers and Vulnerable Road Users. It offers guidance for everybody about how to help each other stay safe on the roads.

Of course, however well-prepared we are for riding on the road, we rely on other road users to take care when encountering horses and riders. The Think! Campaign highlights the need for drivers to take care when they meet horses on the road. The campaign is part of a larger Department for Transport initiative – view the public information advert on You Tube below.