WATCH: How do I safely pass a horse on the road?


A Garda from the Mounted Unit, explains how to react when you meet a horse on the road.

It is important to remember that a horse can weigh the same as a small car.

A collision would cause serious injury to both the car, rider and all passengers in the car.

Even the most experienced and well-trained horse can get a fright on the road.

Follow these steps when you meet a horse on the road;

  • Immediately slow down your vehicle to walking pace,

  • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the horse,

  • Obey any signal that the rider provides - they may be aware of potential hazards that you cannot see or hear,

  • Keep noise to a minimum - avoid over-revving your engine or sounding your horn,

  • Do not drive up too close behind the horse,

  • Ensure to leave at least a car’s width between your car and the horse when passing,

  • When you have passed the horse, drive away slowly.

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