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Horse and rider etiquette

As a driver you should behave courteously towards riders and horses at all times. A large number of riders are children and therefore less experienced both as road users and riders. Horses may also be inexperienced and nervous of traffic. The following tips should help you negotiate an encounter safely:

  • Slow down and be ready to stop if necessary
  • Look out for riders’ signals to slow down or stop
  • Don’t sound your horn or rev your engine
  • Pass wide and slow when overtaking giving the horse plenty of room. Don’t accelerate rapidly once you’ve passed them
  • On roundabouts horse riders will keep to the left within the roundabout until reaching their exit, when they will signal left. They will normally signal right only when approaching exits they don’t intend to use
  • Drivers should be aware that when turning right riders will not move to the centre of the road as a car would, but stay on the left until they reach the point where they intend to turn