National hi-viz survey launched
4 April 2011

The British Horse Society (BHS) has launched a national survey to discover why more horse riders and carriage drivers don?t wear hi-viz clothing.

Wearing hi-viz equipment when riding on the road can give car drivers a valuable THREE seconds extra ?reaction time? that could save the life of both horse and rider! To put it into context for equestrians, those three seconds are equivalent to a car, driven at 30 mph, travelling the length of a dressage arena! Yet still a worryingly high proportion of riders choose not to make use of this lifesaving equipment.

The aim of the survey is to gather information about what hi-viz items equestrians use ? and if they don?t, why not. The Society hopes to establish what could be done to encourage more riders to put their safety first

Horse and rider safety is at the heart of the BHS. Since the launch of our dedicated safety website, in November, we have received more than 100 reports of road accidents. This shocking figure is very worrying for the safety of all equestrians using Britain's roads. The British Horse Society wants to help make sure all equestrians stay safe on Britain?s roads and a good place to start is to make sure they are as visible as possible through wearing hi-viz items.

Sheila Hardy, BHS Senior Executive (Safety), said: ?Wearing hi-viz equipment will not only ensure that car drivers on the road will see you up to three seconds sooner and can therefore take avoidance; but it will also help you to be found if you are lying injured following a fall.?

With the start of British Summer Time last weekend, equestrians everywhere will be looking forward to extra daylight hours for riding and carriage driving.

The survey will run until the end of May 2011. Anyone who responds will have the chance to win British Horse Society Gold membership free for a year, plus British Horse Society gift vouchers.

The survey can be completed online at or and through the Society?s Facebook page.