Road safety and travel
Riding your horse safely on the roads
Wherever you ride, horse and rider safety is as important as it ever was or will be. The roads are potentially dangerous for all users – some are just vulnerable for different reasons. In 2015, Dr Kirrilly Thompson, PhD published findings from a survey where over half of all riders (52%) reported having experienced at least one accident or near miss in the prior 12 months. This is alarming, given that every accident or near-miss to a horse and rider is a potential accident or near-miss to a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian. This updated booklet will help riders be prepared for riding on the roads and support a safer experience.
Hints and tips for other road, path and trail users when sharing space with horses. Share with your non horsey friends to help them understand the best course of action when they are sharing space with horses, so that everyone may stay as safe as possible.
Not everyone has experience with horses so we have provided some tips on how to share
Travel of Horses
There are National Standards for the Transport of Livestock, including Horses. Each State is responsible for enforcement through state branches of the RSPCA.
In South Australia, the Animal Welfare Act Regulations states the requirements in Part 7.
Horses, under the Australian Road Rules, are considered a vehicle. An overview of rule for horse riders can be found on the Transport SA webpage Rules for Horse Riders on Roads.
Horse Riding and the Law recorded webinar kindly provided by Andersons Solicitors. Download notes here. Any horse riding on road-related area questions can be emailed to and selected questions will form the subject of future blogs.
Inroads into Equestrian Safety: Rider-Reported Factors Contributing to Horse-Related Accidents and Near Misses on Australian Roads. Kirrilly Thompson. Chelsea Matthews Download from this link.