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Highway Code

It matters not what kind of road user you are. Whether you are a driver, a cyclist, a horse rider or a pedestrian you most know the Highway Code.  It is the Bible for all road users. The Highway Code sets out the rules and conventions for those using a road.

Contravention of  the Highway Code may render you to prosecution or indicate that your actions and behaviour were acts amounting to Contributory Negligence to the accident or collision you were involved in.


General Advice

Horse riding can be a hazardous sport but we can reduce the risks by ensuring we wear the correct safety equipment, to ensure our tack, vehicles and other equipment are in good condition and ensuring we ride in a correct and most importantly safe manner, especially while on a public highway.

Riding hats – It is recommended that a riding hat is worn at all times when riding which is in good condition and of an up to date standard. BETA Guide to Riding Hats.

Body protectors – Body protectors are also recommended. BETA Body Protector Guide

High-viz – When riding away from the yard it is important to be seen by other people to help prevent incidents, these include other road users, low flying aircraft, dog walkers, and cyclists as well as making you more visible in the event of a fall. To aid location when an air search or the air ambulance is required Hi Viz is extremely useful. Pink or orange are better colours for being spotted on the woods or open ground, yellow can blend in with the scenery. BETA Hi Viz Guide

Riding and road safety – Before riding on the public highway it is important to have an understanding of how you should ride and act, it is recommended that the British Horse Society’s riding and road safety test is completed. (Please visit for information)

Horse Sense for Motorists Guide
Cycling Guidance Guide
GEM Horse Rider Safety Guide

Insurance – Insurance is highly recommended to cover you if you are involved in an incident where injuries or damage occurs.

Horseboxes and trailers – When transporting horses it is important to ensure the horsebox or trailer is safe and suitable. VOSA guidance-for-horsebox-and-trailer-owners

Incident reporting – If you have been involved in an incident on your horse you can report this to the BHS as well as the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Also see

Police Guidance on responding to 'emergency vehicles' see

1. We do NOT expect you to risk damage to your tyres, wheels or steering by bumping up kerbs to make way for us.

2. We do NOT expect you to put yourself in danger by crossing red traffic lights to make way for us.

3. We do NOT expect you to risk road camera fines by, for example, moving in to bus lanes during hours of operation to make way for us.

We would however, appreciate your co-operation by looking well ahead and choosing sensible places to pull over. If possible avoid stopping before bends, brows of hills or narrow sections of roads where we may have difficulty passing.