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The Highway Code

Postby Chevalblanc » Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:11 am

Having just purchased a copy of the UK Highway Code for my nephew, I thought I'd have a look at the rules on riding a horse on the road. So, here we go:

"Children under the age of 14 MUST wear a helmet which complies with regulations.

You should wear boots or shoes with hard soles or heels, fluorescent or light-coloured clothing in daylight.

You should ensure that all tack fits well and is in good condition and make sure you can control the horse"

So far, so good, but then:

"Never ride a horse without both a saddle and a bridle.

Keep both hands on the reins unless you are signalling

Keep both feet in the stirrups."

Oops :oops:

I wonder if a rope headcollar technically counts as a "bridle"? :? :lol:

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Re: The Highway Code

Postby Trudi » Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:21 am

Needs an update I think!
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Re: The Highway Code

Postby littlewhitehorse » Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:01 am

That's very unenlightened of the HC :thumbdown:

I wonder if a rope headcollar technically counts as a "bridle"? :? :lol:
I'm sure we can make a good case for it, and if a test of control was required I am sure we would have no trouble passing :-D It doesn't say however, that the bridle must be worn, so stuff one in your saddle bag if you do much road-work just in case :lol:
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Re: The Highway Code

Postby JennieF » Tue Aug 18, 2015 2:30 pm

Its probably a good job the HC isnt law as I have broken it more times that I can count :lol:

Bridle, saddle, feet in stirrups ...... hard hat .... proper shoes ....
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