Horses are large powerful animals, but they can easily panic and bolt if startled. The consequences to drivers, their car, the horse and its rider can be horrendous.

By following some basic advice, drivers and riders can help avoid accidents involving horses on the road.

The facts

  • Horses can weigh more than half a tonne – they are easily scared by noise and may panic around fast-moving vehicles.
  • 3 horse riders were killed and 117 seriously injured in road accidents between 2013 and 2017.