Horse Rider Safety

Horse Riders

There are around three million horse riders in Great Britain, many of whom ride on the road. Although they prefer not to do so, riders often have no choice because they need to reach to bridleways and other off road facilities. Horse riders have a right to use the road, and both riders and motorists are responsible for each other's safety.

Horses are powerful animals that are easily frightened and can panic, especially near fast-moving traffic or at sudden loud noises.

There were 96 horse rider casualties recorded by the police in Great Britain in 2016, including 23 adult horse riders who were seriously injured. 4 child horse riders were also seriously injured.

Our factsheet provides advice to horse riders to help them remain safe on the road and to motorists to help them understand the vulnerability of riders and horses. This includes information on wearing the correct protective gear, the recommendation of undertaking training before riding a horse on the road and supervising less experienced riders.

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