Be Seen - Be Safe
Did you know that by wearing hi-viz clothing when you ride out, you can give drivers up to three seconds of more time to see you?
That three seconds could make the difference as to whether a car avoids you, or hits you. Three seconds is the time that it would take a car to travel the length of a standard-size dressage arena at 30mph. That's quite a distance when you think about it!
Not everyone realises the importance of wearing hi-viz clothing. Our 'Don't Be a Dark Horse' poster (pdf) highlights the importance of riding safely on the roads. This can be downloaded and displayed in local equestrian shops, Post Offices, or the pub – in fact anywhere where riders will see it and appreciate what a difference they can make. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be sent hard copies. We also have a 'Road Sense for Riders' leaflet that can be downloaded.
Take a look at this picture:
How long did it take you to notice the horse on the right?
Don't be in the dark this winter...
Many horse owners work full-time in order to be able to afford to keep their animals, meaning there's little option other than to exercise their horses either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. When days become shorter this means exercising in half-light. If someone wears dark clothing on a dark horse, then they are courting disaster – please don’t let this happen to you. Be seen - be safe.
Have you thought about wearing LED lighting either on a band around your arm or leg, or clipped onto one of the D-rings on your saddle? A flashing red light facing the rear really stands out, even in good daylight.
There are many fluorescent or reflective colours and designs of clothing meaning there is something for everyone, regardless of style or funds available. There's something for every horse, too, with a wide variety of different accessories and colour co-ordinated pieces to match (or contrast) with your own hi-viz kit. Check out our hi-viz advice for more ideas and tips on standing right out in the right way!
Take the test
If you ride out on the roads, check you're keeping your horse and yourself as safe as you can - take the BHS Riding and Road Safety Test.