Horse Society poster advises 'Be Seen - Be Safe'
British Horse Society (BHS) is re-launching its 'Be Seen - Be Safe'
campaign with a poster that can be downloaded from its website,
encouraging horse riders and carriage drivers to wear Hi-Viz gear
when out on the roads. Wearing Hi-Viz gear, luminous and fluorescent,
can give vehicle drivers a valuable extra three seconds 'reaction
time' that could save the lives of riders, carriage drivers, and
A4 sized poster, available on the BHS website (www.bhs.org.uk <http://www.bhs.org.uk>),
can be downloaded and displayed in local shops, tack rooms, feed
merchants, riding schools and livery yards and will provide tips
on safer riding including the wearing of Hi-Viz gear.
majority of horse owners work full-time to be able to afford their
animals and so have to exercise them either early in the morning
or late in the afternoon. With autumn bringing shorter days this
means riding out in the half-light and riding a dark coloured horse
in dark coloured clothing is courting disaster.
are numerous H-Viz products on the market, for horse riders, carriages
and the horses themselves, and they can save lives! At the very
least, a Hi-Viz tabard should be worn but other products include
leg wraps, exercise sheets, martingale and bridle covers for horses,
hat covers, mitts and flashing stirrup lights for riders and banners
across the back of a carriage will all contribute to ensuring horses
can be seen in plenty of time.
head of safety, Sheila Hardy, said, "We are often asked for
posters to illustrate advice issued by the BHS and we hope that
this idea will prove popular. There are a large number of visitors
to the BHS website and by downloading two or three posters each
we feel they can be distributed across a wide area very quickly
at little cost."
BHS 'Be Seen - Be Safe' campaign targets riders year round as bright
sunny days can be just as dangerous as dark winter mornings but
with the clocks about to change (26 October), now is a good time
to check out Hi-Viz gear and make sure that when riders are on the
roads they do all they can to 'Be Seen - Be Safe'.