Horse SafetyLRBA takes both horse and rider safety very seriously. At all of our rides you will be asked to wear an ORANGE hi-viz tabard, this is so YOU can be easily spotted should something go wrong. We encourage all riders to wear HI-VIZ when out riding, ALL YEAR ROUND. ORANGE and PINKwork well as they can very easily be spotted from the air and by drivers on the road, YELLOW tabards can fade over time and sometimes merge into hedgerows, trees etc from a distance.It's also a good idea to add some hi-viz to your horse if you can, that way if you and your horse get separated your horse can be spotted. Tail guards are good as drivers can tell from a long distance that you are something bigger than a bike or walker, and also consider adding a hi-viz brow band and some boots for front visibility. Listed below is some information on horse, rider and trailer safery, including some videos, images and helpful pdfs to download and print and links to useful sites.
THINK! - Horse Safety
Trailer SafetyThe BHS has an excellent leaflet on Trailer Safety. Those who passed their driving test before January 1997 are entitled to drive their car with a loaded or unloaded horse trailer attached without taking a further driving test. You should consider the towing capacity of your towing vehicle – it’s surprising how heavy a couple of horses and their saddlery are! Also, remember that if you are over 70, you need to take a test if the combined weight of your vehicle and trailer exceeds 3.5 tonnes. An internet search provides good local sources of instruction for driving with a trailer.
Horse & Rider Safety
LRBA supports the Air Ambulance as one of its charities. The Air Ambulance receives NO Goverment funding and relies solely on donations.We hope that none of our members ever need to use this service, but if you do, you will be easier to see if you are wearing Hi Viz. Please donate if you can and help keep this vital service going.
Reporting a Horse Accident – to Police and BHSThe Department for Transport issues guidance to Police Forces (the STATS 19 Requirement) as to what constitutes a reportable accident on a highway. Some Police Forces in the past have only taken notice of accidents that involve mechanically propelled vehicles but this is wrong.If you have an accident on a highway (which includes bridleways and byways as well as roads) THAT INVOLVES AN OUTSIDE CAUSE (e.g. speeding motorist, dog off lead, etc.) then you should report it to the local Police Station. Don’t hesitate to ask for guidance if you need it from either the Networks officer email@example.com or the Honorary Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org. BHS is also trying to compile a wider range of comprehensive statistics on horse accidents to assist when they lobby about safety for horses. They have several categories including Bird Scarer or Gas Gun; Chinese Lantern; Cycling; Dog Attack; Equine Transport; Fireworks; Gates; Low Flying Aircraft; Road Accident; Slippery Road Surface; Windfarm. If you need to report a Horse Accident or need a Horse Passport these two BHS links are very useful. Again, don’t bombard them with minor incidents but don’t be shy about telling them of accidents that have an external cause.
WHO TO CONTACT - IN ALL CASES, the EXACT location of the problem will be needed. Bridleway and Highway systems usually have maps for this but if not give a grid reference (at least 6 figures preceded by the 2 relevant letters - see OS maps for instructions). Take care at or near County Boundaries! Please send a copy email to: email@example.com so that the LRBA can chase if necessary. If you are reporting to the Police, please also report to the BHS on https://www.bhs.org.uk/our-work/safety/report-an-incident. To view our list of contact details, please click here and then click on the link you need for your County and type of problem.
Road SenseIf most of your riding has been at a yard, around a manège or at events, there are a few extra pointers that you need to consider when riding on the roads. The British Horse Society provides excellent advice and you should use these links to their information.
Riding on the Road
Be Seen - Be Safe
Code of Conduct - Horse Riders & Cyclists
Operation Bright EyesFollowing on from a tragedy involving a horse and rider out hacking, the BHS together with the MoD made these 2 videos highlighting the need for riders to wear Hi-Viz. Wearing Hi-Viz is an important part of our "kit" and should be worn regardless of where you are riding or the weather conditions. In bright sunlight it can be difficult to spot other road users, even when on top of a horse in sunny conditions it can be hard to see cars/bikes/walkers, we all like to get a bit of a tan when out enjoying the small amount of British Summer we get these days, but that doesn't mean we should let our Hi-Viz Safety fall by the way side, there are plenty of Hi-Viz options out there these days that allow for the best of both worlds, safety and a tan, can't be bad!!Even if you are out on a hack and have the luxury of not having to go on a single road, Hi-Viz is still a MUST have, its not only cars on the road we have to worry about, Bridleways and Tracks allow for multi use, this means walkers and cyclists need to be able to spot us, this could have the simple result of a cyclist not being surprised to see us, or the walkers dog being put on a lead because they have seen you from a distance. Even if you are allowed to ride on land not open to the public and won't come across other users, there is still the skies to consider and low flying aircraft, it is much better for you to be spotted from a distance and hopefully have some avoiding action taken from the sky, than for you to be spotted at the last minute and have things go wrong with sometimes serious consequences.Having some Hi-Viz gear doesn't take up much extra space in the car or tack room, but it could just one day save your life. Please BE SAFE BE SEEN. Watch the video's below to see the difference Hi-Viz can make!
Operation Bright Eyes - Without Hi-Viz
Operation Bright Eyes - With Hi-Viz
What a load of BULL
UK Law prohibits bulls from 7 Traditional British dairy breeds being kept in fields crossed by Public Rights of Way. In recent years farmers have imported foreign dairy bulls; keeping such bulls breaks the spirit, but not the letter of the law. A local court case in August 2013 clarified the situation. For a guide to the 7 Traditional Dairy Bull Breeds, please click here.
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