Road Sense for Riders

  • Published: British Horse Society, 2011
  • Authors: British Horse Society
  • Date Added: 18 Mar 2013
  • Last Update: 16 Feb 2016
  • Format: pdf


To help riders understand the need to be safe on today’s busy roads. It also explains how to take the BHS Riding and Road Safety Test.



Key Findings:

  • There are more than 4.2 million horse riders in Britain.

  • Wearing hi-viz clothing gives a driver travelling at 30mph up to three extra seconds to see you and take appropriate avoiding action.

  • More than half of all road accidents involving horses happen on minor roads.

  • Riders should be seen to be safe, and say ‘thank you’ to drivers behaving courteously.

  • The DfT has issued the following advice to the BHS “As well as setting out the legal requirement, the Highway Code also gives advice to all road users on how to keep themselves, and others, safe. The advice provided in the final bullet of rule 53 is relevant safety advice. The same advice is given to cyclists in rule 66. However, the advice given in rule 53 is not a legal requirement and it does not place any compulsion on riders to ride in single file. It remains their decision whether or not they follow this advice. The distinction between legal requirements and advisory rules is made clear in the Introduction to the Code."

  • The BHS Riding and Road Test aims to promote safety on the road by recognising riders who can show that they can ride with courtesy and responsibility, demonstrate a high standard of road safety knowledge/skills and follow the rules of the Highway Code and BHS Riding and Roadcraft manual.


Road, riders, courtesy, safety.


A concise leaflet detailing the basics of road sense for horse riders. Easy to read and apply to real life, the leaflet also explains how to take the Riding and Road Safety Test.