Road Safety, trail riding with your horses can be fun yet scary. Today’s episode takes us down the road literally. We provide some tips and advice on how to safely ride down the road or across the road with your horse. Knowing road safety will make your trail ride a much safer and enjoyable trip. The phrase Be Seen to Be safe should be your mantra while out on the road. Horses like bikes and cars have to share the road, so know the rules of your area before you head out.
Road Safety – Know the rules
Trail riding with your horse on the road, be been to be safe. There are a few rules you always want to follow when riding on the road to be safe. Always wear bright coloured clothes or have reflectors on your clothing. You should always have a plan, scout out the route you are planning so you know where there are safe crossing paths and sections. If you must travel down a roadway, choose roads that have large or wide shoulders and if possible a place to escape if a car gets over to far. Don’t forget to use your hand signals for making turns and stopping, equestrians are considered the same as bikes so you need to use the correct signals.
Road Safety – Horse riding on the road
If you must ride on roads or cross busy roads, the best time is during daylight hours. in fair weather conditions. Try to avoid riding on roads during icy, snowy, or foggy conditions as this can reduce visibility and perhaps cause accidents. Remember to ride single file when traveling down a roadway and crossing the roads for better visibility to other drivers. Make sure when you are crossing the roads with horses that have shoes the pavement can be very slippery and caution will need to be had. Going slower vs faster should help prevent any slipping. Always follow the rules of the road and which directions you should be traveling with traffic.
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- High Vis clothing
- Scout out your route in advance
- Know of the road
- Hand signals
Thank you for tuning in and happy trails!
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