Continue Riding Whilst Living City Life

For some horse owners, not everyone has the luxury of endless fields and bridle paths. However, riding on country lanes or even main roads can still be enjoyable if the necessary safety precautions are taken and the Highway Code is followed.

If you live in an area which makes it difficult to get onto bridle paths or fields, there’s always the option of riding on the roads so that you can still enjoy hacking out. We have pulled together a few of the rules of the roads so you can browse them but always keep a copy of the Highway Code and be sure to master it in full before heading out with your horse to make sure you’re fully aware of the traffic laws in place.

Equestrian crossings

These crossings are just for you, so make use of them. They have pavement barriers and wider crossing spaces meaning that you and your horse can fit through without problem.

Safety equipment and clothing

Correct safety equipment and clothing should always be used when out riding, whether it’s out hacking in the countryside or on the roads. We would always advise wearing a riding hat that complies with the Regulations, boots or shoes with hard soles and bright coloured or fluorescent clothing during the day.

It’s safer not to ride in poor visibility but if needs be then you should always wear reflective clothing so other road users can clearly see you.


Signalling can always take time to memorise but it’s important to give other road users warning and clear signals, especially as horse riders don’t have the benefit of indicators!

Before riding off or turning, look behind you to make sure it is safe, and then give a clear arm signal. When riding on the road, you should:

  • Keep to the left
  • Keep both hands on the reins unless you are signalling
  • Keep both feet in the stirrups
  • Not carry another person
  • Not carry anything which might affect your balance or get tangled up with reins
  • Keep a horse you are leading to your left
  • Move in the direction of the traffic flow in a one-way street
  • Never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends.

Avoid roundabouts where possible. If you use them, you should:

  • Keep to the left and watch out for vehicles crossing your path to leave or join the roundabout
  • Signal right when crossing exits to show you are not leaving
  • Signal left just before you leave the roundabout.

For more details of the Highway Code you can visit The British Horse Society website.

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