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Dead? Or Dead Slow?

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With an increasing number of reported incidents involving horses and vehicles, we're building on our solid foundation of road safety education and campaigning to make drivers aware of what to do when they encounter horses on the road.

We have seen 845 incidents reported to us from 1 March 2018 to 28 February 2019, as well over a quarter of equestrians reporting that they were subject to road rage or abuse. If you or your horse have been involved in an incident or near miss, please let us know what happened and submit a report:



Dead? Or Dead Slow? Infographic


Four Simple Steps For Drivers

If I see a horse on the road; Then I will...

1. Slow down to a maximum of 15mph

2. Be patient, I won't sound my horn or rev my engine

3. Pass the horse wide and slow, (if safe to do so) at least a car's width if possible

4. Drive slowly away.

Advice for Riders and Carriage Drivers

There are many things we recommend equestrians can do to reduce the risk of becoming another statistic.

  • Always wear hi-viz clothing and put hi-viz equipment on your horse – even on bright days, it is surprising how well a horse can be camouflaged against a hedge. Find out more about what to wear.
  • Unless absolutely necessary, we highly recommend you avoid riding in failing light, fog or darkness or when it is snowing or icy
  • Show courtesy to drivers – if you show drivers appreciation of their efforts, then drivers should return the favour
  • If you are riding a horse that is not used to roads, make sure you are accompanied by an experienced rider and horse
  • Be aware of your surroundings, and concentrate all the time.
  • Adhere to the Highway Code
  • Make sure you have told someone where you are going and what time you are expected back.



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You can support The British Horse Society and help us in our work to ensure the safety of horses and riders by donating to our Dead? Or Dead Slow? campaign on JustGiving.

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