Some road surfaces can be extremely slippery and cause horses to stumble or fall. There are a number of surfaces that do this, but Stone Mastic Asphalt is one of the main culprits.
This surface is laid because it offers a quiet option for traffic, is extremely hard wearing and does not need replacing very often. However, if it isn't laid correctly, it's very slippery for horses and is now being found in many rural areas as well as busy urban roads and motorways, causing problems for equestrians.
If laid correctly, there should be no issues about horses using it, but otherwise, problems occur.
The BHS has worked very hard with the County Surveyors Society (CSS) to reduce problems and together, we've produced a useful leaflet about horses and highway surfaces (pdf).
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