When approaching a horse, lower your speed, whether or not they have a rider. Pass slowly to avoid startling them and give them a wide berth. Avoid honking, revving your engine, or any loud noises. Make eye contact with the rider and keep an eye out for any hand signals.
How do you pass a horse on the road?
Pass with a safety space of at least 6-8 feet between your vehicle and the horse. When approaching a horse from behind on a rural road, let oncoming traffic pass the horse first. Wait until the oncoming lane is completely clear before passing and remember to leave 6-8 feet between your vehicle and the horse.
What should you do if when driving along a road you meet a horse with rider that becomes nervous of your being there?
Look out for a rider or carriage driver’s signal to turn and wait for them to do so safely before continuing your journey. Wait until they are fully off the road before continuing. If the horse(s) show signs of nervousness as you get closer, please stop and/or turn the engine off and allow them to pass.
Do you legally have to slow down for horses?
Ultimately all road users have a duty of care to each other to act in a safe manner and do their utmost to avoid endangering other road users, regardless of who has right of way. Drivers should ‘pass wide and slowly’ when passing a horse and always listen to a rider’s request to slow down or stop.
What to do if you see a horse?
Slow down and give them plenty of room. Correct. Horses can be frightened easily by traffic and can become unpredictable. Slowing down and giving them plenty of space is essential.
Is it illegal to drive fast past a horse?
Quoting the Highway Code is fine however the Highway Code is advice & not law, although some aspects have become law. Offences relating to driving at speed past horses would be Driving without due care & consideration for other road users. As far as I am aware there is no specific offence relating to horses.
How wide should you pass a horse?
Slow right down and be ready to stop. Give them a wide berth – at least a car’s width – and pass slowly. Avoid any actions likely to spook the horse such as splashing them with puddles, sounding your horn or revving your engine.
Is it illegal to use your phone while riding a horse?
The Government has no current plans to introduce new penalties for cyclists and horse riders using mobile phones while riding. All road users are required to comply with road traffic law in the interests of their own safety and that of other road users.
Do I need a Licence to ride a horse?
You need a licence to hire out horses for riding and for instruction in riding. This includes pony and donkey rides and pony parties where the ponies are ridden. This is to ensure the welfare of the animals and the safety of the public. … It is against the law to run a riding school without a licence.