Some road surfaces can be extremely slippery and cause horses to slip 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 is a quieter option for traffic and is now being found in many rural areas as well as busy urban roads and motorways, causing problems for equestrians.
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).
Have you had a problem?
Contact your local Council to inform them of the issues. Let us know by completing our online form now.