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HORSE SENSE: Your checklist before heading out on the road
on 18 December 2015
This list of do's and don'ts will help prevent accidents when you are riding your horse on the public road

DO

? Always tell someone where you intend to go and when you will return.

? Always check that your tack is in good repair and fits your horse correctly.

? Always check that your horse’s shoes are in a safe condition to go on the road.

? Always plan to ride safe routes. Keep away from busy roads, if possible.

? Always wear a riding hat or helmet that meets current safety standards. Make sure it fits correctly and fasten the chin strap at all times.

? Always make sure that drivers can see you at all times regardless of weather conditions. Wear high-visibility clothing and put high-visibility equipment on your horse.

? Always position yourself between the horse being led and the traffic so that you have maximum control over the horse, while leading, or riding and leading.

? Always show courtesy to other road users. A smile and a nod are enough if it is safer to keep your hands on the reins.

? Always give clear and accurate hand signals to let other road users know your intentions.

? Always remain alert, attentive and observant. Remember the Life Saver Look at junctions – it could save your life.

DON’T

? Never ride in rush hour traffic.

? Never ride in fading light or darkness.

? Never ride in dangerous weather conditions.

? Never ride on unsafe roads or roads prone to ice in cold weather.

? Never use a mobile phone or music player that may distract your attention or affect your control of your horse.

? Never bring a novice horse on the road unless it has the company of an experienced horse.

? Never bring a child or novice rider on the road unless they are mounted on an experienced horse and in the company of an experienced rider.

? Never take a large group of riders on the road without a safety plan. Divide into smaller groups. Each group should have an experienced leader at the front and back. Leave a space between groups for a vehicle to pass safely.

? Never allow a horse to break away from the group. Always cross a road as one unit.

? Never block traffic unnecessarily.

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