YOUR HORSE AND YOU ON THE ROAD
Unfortunately not all of us are lucky enough to ride off-road, so most of us come across the dilemma. Do we ride our precious mounts on the dreaded road
or In The School Again???
We like all traffic have a right to ride on the road and should feel as safe as possible when we do!!!
There is still cases of hoses being involved in incidents on the road both with and without injury to the horses and riders, that not to mention how many near
misses go unreported....
HorseWatch Scotland together with the British Horse Society Scotland aim to work towards Prevention through Education.
As a result of BHS lobbying horses featured in the Highway Code since 1992, horses are mentioned more than before.
There are 2.4 million riders in UK.
And over 26 million licensed vehicles on UK roads today.
Incidents There are approximately 8 horse related accidents every day.
Fatalities And on average five riders are killed each year.
2002 11 die.
2005 2 riders, 11 horses and 1 car driver killed but 25 riders seriously injured.
While deaths figures are accurate as clearly identifiable there is no statutory Accident recording for horses not unless hospitalised human injury from scene of accident.
BRITISH HORSE SOCIETY - Riding and Road Safety
The BHS Riding and Road Safety Test is taken by over 4,000 riders a year and helps to educate riders in road safety to help minimise the risk involved when
riding on the road. Training is available to all riders from 12 years of age and it is not essential to own a horse to take the test as many riding schools and centres organise them for their
pupils. Similarly, you do not need to attend a centre in order to take the test.
Contact the BHS for more information on what the test involves and the dates set for Scottish riders.
Most incidents arise from a lack of understanding, so educating motorists as well as horse riders is important.
Always pass wide and slow - Imagine what its like for a cyclist or horse rider. if someone passes too close. Give them room as horses are powerful and easily frightened and can
Approach horses with caution as you would a child on a bike - slow down, do not go too near or rev engine when there is a clear view pass wide and slow without accelerating away.
Be aware of their intentions from hand signal etc.