©2014 Horses & Road Safety Awareness
Whether you have one,two or more horses the fact is you will probably need to lead them on the road or at various sites at some point. When two horses are involved the
easiest and safest way of managing this is to ride one and lead the other. This can be done with more horses however it is not recommended that more than one horse at a
time be lead on the road while you are riding.
Horses naturally want to stay together however they each have a personality of their own and are mostly used
to walking in front or behind each other. Some horses like their space so being close may upset them and
cause them to lash out. To avoid this happening on the road you must first ensure your horses are compatible.
Do they interact well in the field/yard?
Is one more dominant or aggressive towards the other?
Will they follow each other of their own free will should you need to let go of the one you're leading?
You also need to consider sizes. Generally it is preferable that the smaller horse is the one to be lead as you
will have more power over its head than you would a larger one. But the horse must not be too small or you
may risk injuring its head, neck or back if it has to stretch up too much for a long period. The head of the horse
being lead should be able to easily reach the ridden horses withers without having to hold its head up.
Will my horse lead?
If you've gauged that your horses should work together well you then need to ensure the horse you intend to lead will do as it is asked. The horse being lead should only ever
be on the left side of the ridden horse so that it acts as a barrier between the leading horse and traffic. When you are leading you would instinctively pull the horses head
towards you to control it, making the horse swing its buttocks outwards into traffic.
When you have the horse leading well on the inside of you you can ride normally.
Leading and riding has many benefits, including:
Teaching a young horse or rider whilst having full control
Exercising unbroken or un-ridable horses in different settings
Moving two horses together so one is not left panicing at the stable or in the field
Introducing a horse to a new environment safely
When riding you should only ever lead one other horse
The horse being lead should always be on the left hand side of your ridden horse
You should always consider the size of the roads you will travel on as narrow roads may not be
wide enough to let traffic go past two horses
You should go no faster than a trot when leading
When on a road you should only ever lead with a bridle
Wear hi-viz and reflective clothing on yourself and both your horses
The horses should also have ID tags with your I.C.E (In Case of Emergency)