There are around three million horse riders in Great Britain, many of whom ride on the road and although they prefer not to do so, riders often have no choice because they need to reach to bridleways and other off road facilities.
Horse riders have a right to use the road, and both riders and motorists are responsible for each other’s safety. Horses are powerful animals that are easily frightened and can panic, especially near fast-moving traffic or at sudden loud noises.
There were 96 horse rider casualties recorded by the police in Great Britain in 2016, including 23 adult horse riders who were seriously injured. 4 child horse riders were also seriously injured.