During 2006 there were 123 horse riders injured in
accidents in Britain, 3 of these were fatalities and 26 were
Motorists should be ready for unexpected reactions from horses
when they come across traffic, because sudden noise or fast
moving vehicles may panic them and lead to
road accidents if
drivers aren't prepared.
Some safety measures which could help when
driving around horses: -
Motorists and horse riders have both
got a right to use the road, and if mutual respect and
consideration is used it should help to avoid any
unnecessary road accidents. Acknowledgement from horse
riders may not always be possible if they need to use
both hands to control their mount, though you may get a
nod of the head.
The British Horse Society (BHS) offer a
Riding and Road Safety test which helps riders with their road
safety education, it is taken by over 4,000 riders a year.
THINK! also offer information on
Sense for Motorists'.