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Safety

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 hart 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. 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 www.bhs.org.uk for information)

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 - A Guide 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 www.bhs.org.uk as well as the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.