RESOURCE - Handbook for Equestrians

Horse Council of BC logoThe following is quoted from the manual's introduction:

As many equestrians take to the roads, keeping themselves and their horses safe while sharing road space with cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles is a key concern for many horseback riders.

Increasing development and traffic volume in rural areas have made road riding a necessity for some riders. For others, road riding is their only option to combat the repetitive nature of arena riding. It is vital that riders seek proper training for themselves and their horses to help them cope with traffic and be safe on the road.

The average motorist is not familiar with horses and may be unaware that horses can become easily startled, posing a danger to both rider and motorist alike. They may not know that it is imperative to pass horses slowly and give them a wide berth.

This handbook focuses on what you, the rider, can do to increase your safety while road riding, and includes tips for the motorist to learn how to exercise appropriate caution.


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