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Safety & Accidents

We are dedicated to making the world safer for horses and those who care for them.

We work alongside other leading organisations, including the National Police Chiefs Council, Blue Cross, RSPCA, Forestry Commission Wales, GEM Motoring Assist, the Ministry of Defence, NFU Mutual and PRP Rescue in order to raise awareness on equestrian safety.

Why our work is crucial

We launched our horse incidents website to help better understand the rate of equine-related incidents across the UK. The website provides users with a simple and easily accessible method of reporting an incident they have been involved in. Covering a range of incidents including road traffic incidents and near misses, dog related incidents, fireworks, cycling, and more - the website allows us to collate statistics on the range and rate of incidents occurring across the UK. 

Anyone can report their incidents or near misses to us; you don’t have to be a BHS member. It is vital each and every incident is recorded in order to be added to our national statistics. 

We:

  • Lobby and advise MP's, road safety partnerships, the police and other safety organisations. The statistics are used in government debates on subjects such as road safety and fireworks, and high profile presentations. This database ensures we are a significant partner with all equine safety stakeholders.
  • Can use our statistics in offering support to BHS members in local safety campaigns.
  • Can identify hotspots if you report all types of equine incidents.
  • Can use this data to hold special equine safety events in your area to give greater awareness of the serious issues equestrians face.
  • Need the evidence to show there is an issue, but require the factual data to be reported; which really can make a difference to equine safety.

Key Statistics

Since the launch of our Horse Accidents website in 2010 there have been:

  • More than 3,700 reports of road incidents involving horses; 315 horses have died and 43 people have lost their lives
  • Over 1,400 reported incidents involving dogs and horses
  • Over 250 incidents involving fireworks and horses reported

We also have a range of useful leaflets and posters to view and download.

Volunteer with The British Horse Society

Our Equestrian Safety Advisers work hard to achieve safer conditions for all equines and those involved in the care and use of equines. If you are interested in becoming an Equestrian Safety Adviser please take a look at our Role Description. If you wish to apply, please download a Volunteer Enquiry form. Alternatively, contact safety@bhs.org.uk or call 02476 840516 for more information.

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