The British Horse Society wants to ensure that all riders have the skills required to feel confident when riding out in all conditions. Our new Ride Safe Award, launching this July, aims to do just that, by equipping riders with the skills they need to ride safely and confidently in all environments.
Ride Safe doesn’t just focus on riding on the road; but also gives guidance on how to ride safely on bridleways, in arenas, and even on beaches.
The Award is aimed at anyone who rides, of any ability. Riders will learn practical examples, tips and guidance on how to stay safe. It covers subjects like effectively using hand signals on the road, safely dismounting and being in control of the horse.
Those who sit the award are encouraged to fill in the accompanying guide, to demonstrate they understand the theory behind safe riding. Riders from the age of 11 can take the award at selected BHS Approved Centres across the country.
Ride Safe follows on from the Dead Slow campaign which launched last year. Dead Slow was launched due to the alarming number of incidents involving horses on our roads. In the past year alone, 426 road incidents have been reported to the BHS resulting in the death of one person and 21 horses. Dead Slow educates drivers on how to safely pass horses on the road, but riders have a responsibility too.
The BHS hopes that all of those who ride on the road will take the Ride Safe Award.