Equestrian tourism is an outdoors activity, available to everyone. This hobby can be carried out alone, with friends or family. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, there is always a path to take.
A fun activity indeed, however, there are some basic rules that must be known for the safety and wellbeing of everybody. Plan stop points for a break and also watering places for your horse. Your outfit such as your horse's must also be adapted to the weather.

Every activity should be practiced gradually: don't go on a 50km long hike if you have a new horse or if are an unexperimented rider: make sure the horse and the rider, have the necessary experience for the planned itinerary..

Security rules to know while outdoors

with the British Horse Society

Always have in mind

500 m
of distance

It is the number of meters to
to keep between each horse
while on a ride

valid licence

Never leave without having a valid rider's license including an insurance

riding helmet

Despite the relaxing aspect of a ride or hike, wearing a riding helmet remains mandatory

Basic rules

Traffic regulations must be applied

Walk on the right (or left according to the country you are in) and respect the traffic regulation. You only are allowed to walk on the sidewalk if you are on foot and with the horse next to you.

Going out at night

Wearing reflective stripes is mandatory (both rider and horse). The common use is to wear red stripes at the back and yellow at the front. A headlamp can also be a very useful tool.

Common courtesy

Common courtesy is required even while on a horse. Go back to a slow walk and keep some distance when meeting riders coming the other way. Greeting and asking if you can pass the rider is always appreciated.

My horse "kicks"

Before leaving, it is recommended that you put a red ribbon on your horse's tail. This shows to everyone that your horse can be unpredictable and that they should be careful when getting too close.


It is mandatory to carry identification cards for horses and riders 

In your backpack

Always carry a small amount of money, you never know what is going to happen. A map, a roadbook, and a charged cellphone are required. It is better if you can also take with you a string, a whistle, and a hoof pick. Make sure to carry with you a first-aid kit for yourself and your horse.


It is forbidden for riders to go into the undergrowth, private properties, and cultivated lands. 


If you on your own, remain reachable by phone and prevent other persons that you are going on a ride alone and inform them of your route.

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