Ride Safe - Be Safe Be Seen

12 Jun 2017

Hi visibility accessories aren’t mandatory, but the British Horse Society urges riders to treat them as a core part of their gear. It’s a good idea to wear fluorescent and reflective clothing every time you ride out, regardless of the time of day or weather conditions.

The BHS states “Wearing hi-viz when riding on the road can give vehicle drivers a valuable three seconds extra reaction time that could save the life of both you and your horse. To put it into context those three seconds are equivalent to a car, driven at 30 mph, travelling the length of a full size dressage arena.”

It really is in your best interest to wear a tabard, jacket or other safety kit. Not only will it make you more conspicuous to drivers, but in the event of an accident off road, it will make you stand out to the emergency services. The MOD have said that helicopter pilots can see a rider in hi-vis up to half a mile sooner, enabling them to avoid flying directly overhead and spooking the horse.

Kitting out your horse is a great idea too. Reflective gear will make them stand out, and should you be separated from them in a fall, it will help drivers spot them on the roadside. From bridle kits and neck straps to tail bands and leg cuffs, there are plenty of inexpensive options that’ll help keep you and your horse safe on the roads.

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