Risk Assessments

BDS Health & Safety

Accident Prevention

As in all walks of life accidents will occasionally happen but many may be avoided by following the guidelines below.

  • All harness should be in a sound condition and adjusted to fit the horse or pony.
  • No horse or pony may be driven with out a bit.
  • The vehicle should be in sound condition and of a type suitable for the terrain to be covered.
  • Never put a horse/pony into an environment which you believe it will find alien.
  • Before attending a group event e.g. rally, show, ensure that your horse is happy driving with other turnouts.
  • When driving in company never move off adjacent to another horse being put to without checking that the other driver is happy for you to do so.
  • When driving in company leave sufficient distance from the vehicle in front to permit change of pace or direction.
  • After descending a slope remember that all turnouts behind must be clear of the slope before anyone increases pace.
  • Look well ahead and remember what you miss(!) that your horse sees could be the start of a problem.
  • Avoid driving on the highway at dawn/dusk and at night. If this cannot be avoided reflective clothing and carriage stickers are essential.
  • After lighting-up time vehicles on the highway must have reflectors and red rear electric lamps – candle lamps do not provide sufficient lighting.
  • Your whip is an aid – and should be in your hand and not the whip socket.
  • Never tie a turnout to a fixed object with a horse/pony still in the shafts.
  • Never tie a turnout to another turnout.
  • Never dismount from the vehicle unless you have someone at the horse’s head.
  • Never remove the bridle until the horse is free of the vehicle.
  • Always approach a ridden horse with extreme care.
  • An active groom or passenger should be carried in the vehicle at all times.
  • Always stop in a space which allows you to exit easily at any time, especially applicable to groups.
  • Pass pedestrians and other horses, ridden or driven, carefully – not too close or fast.

Click here to view the policy => BDS Health & Safety Policy

Event Organisers – Click here for the Risk Assessment form =>  Risk Assessment Form

Click here to download the Accident Report form for organisers.

Click here to download the Incident Report Form

Flow Chart and explanatory notes available from the BDS Office