? 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.
? 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.