Should Horse Riders Take Road Tests?

Should Horse Riders Take Road Tests?

There’s plenty you need to do before taking your horse out on the road, including making sure your saddle is properly fitted with a TDS saddle fitting, but it turns out the general public believe riders should have to do a lot more before they become road legal.

In a survey of 1,200 drivers, car leasing business Flexed found that 94 per cent of drivers believe that horse riders should have to sit a proficiency test – much like a driving test –before being able to take their horse out on a public road in both an urban and rural setting.

The study pinpointed the number of younger riders as a suggested reason why tests were important. Out of those surveyed, 70 per cent also said they believed horse riders should at least have third party insurance also, meaning that they would be able to cover any expenses caused by an accident of their doing.

The study pinpointed the number of younger riders as a suggested reason why tests were important. At present, the Highway Code only advises horse riders, rather than coming under law – suggesting the avoidance of busy roads and roundabouts when riding. However, the recognition also comes that riders are just as entitled to use roads as any vehicle.

Whether this survey involving just drivers is skewed by experience of having to wait behind or pass riders with extra diligence is unclear, or whether it’s the view of the wider population, but both camps need to have their views and experiences heard before any such considerations take place. So what do you think – should horse riders have to prove their road-worthiness?

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