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One   of   our   most   frequently   asked   questions   on   the   Facebook   group   and   page   is   “what   colour   of   hi-viz   is   best”   followed   by   “What   items   of   hi-viz   are   best   for   me   and   my horse to wear” The simple answer is, any is better than none. However, to maximise your visibility and reduce the risks consider all of the following: Wear several colours In   the   United   Kingdom   and   Ireland,   the   weather   is   notorious   for   changing   suddenly.   You   can   start   out   on   a   sunny   hack,   only   to   run   home   in   a snow   storm.   Another   factor   to   keep   in   mind   is   that   many   hacking   routes   have   variable   environmental   differences   such   as   dark   overhanging trees,   yellow   rape/straw   fields,   autumnal   colours   in   the   hedges   etc .   Because   of   this,   we   always   recommend   that   riders   and   their   horses   wear several   colours   for   hacking   or   riding   on   bridleways   as   horses   (especially   dark   horses)   blend   into   the   background,   making   it   very   hard   for   a driver   or   other   road   user   to   see   them.   Combo   colours   are   now   available   in   most   hiviz   brands,   including   our   own,   but   you   can   simply   wear   a tabard   of   one   colour,   a   hat   cover   of   another   and   some   different   gloves.   Your   horse   can   wear   a   martingale/headwear   of   one   colour   with   a different   sheet   or   parsons   rump    (available   in   combo   colours)   and   alternating   colours   on   the   legs.   This   mash   of   colours   while   not   only   looking fabulous   can   help   ensure   you   are   seen   in   different   situations   and   conditions.   However,   if   you   only   want   to   wear   one   colour,   the   following will help choose what outfit you need to wear: Spring    -   The   leaves   are   still   sometimes   orangey,   the   rape   starts   to   grow   and   the   trees   and   hedges   begin   to   grow.   With   so   many   colours   around,   it   can   be   difficult   to   see   one block of “natural” colour. In this season it is possible PINK may stand out more. Summer   -   The   skies   are   blue,   the   trees   and   hedges   green   and   full   (creating   dark   shadows   on   the   roads)   and   the   sun   shines.   Most   of   the   fields   have   been   cut   now,   so   tend to look dry and yellow. In this season it is possible ORANGE may stand out more. Autumn    -   The   leaves   are   turning,   the   hedges   are   brown   and   the   fields   are   begining   to   look   bare   and   the   skies   are   darkening.   In   this   season   it   is   possible   YELLOW   may   stand out more, until the sun starts to get too low. Winter   -   The   skies   are   dark   and   the   sun   is   low,   meaning   visibility   is   vastly   reduced.   There   may   be   snow   on   the   ground,   which   reflects   upwards   again   blinding   drivers.   This season, you may need to consider several more things before picking out your outfit: Yellow will be lost in the snow and hard frost, as it is pale - on snow days consider ORANGE or PINK Orange may be harder to see on very dark/wet overcast days as there is less contrast against the background, on these days consider YELLOW The above information has been gathered from various sources and should never be taken as solid evidence that these colours will protect you. What hiviz should i wear on myself? What   hiviz   or   how   much   you   wear   is   entirely   up   to   you.   Evidence   suggests   even   just   a   tabard   can   alert   a   driver   to   your   presence,   however   things   to   consider   are   the   height of   hedges,   how   visible   your   extremities   are   and   the   colour   of   your   riding   wear   against   the   background   or   your   horse.   The   more   you   stand   out   from   these   factors,   the   more likely you are to be seen. Minimal - A vest only. This should help vehicles approaching, coming from behind or that have good visibility through fences and over wide spaces see you sooner. Medium  - A vest and a hat band or cover. A hat band/cover will hopefully be visible over hedges, alerting drivers to you from around corners or over hills. Most   -   A   vest,   hat   band/cover,   gloves   and   leg   wear   (bands   or   bright   jodhpurs).   This   will   help   drivers   see   your   signals   better,   and   make   you   stand   out   against   your   horse   and environment alerting drivers to your presence sooner. What hiviz should my horse wear? Being   seen   as   soon   as   possible   is   going   to   help   drivers   spot   the   hazard   up   ahead   is   a   horse   so   they   can   assess   their   speed   and   driving   (bikes,   walkers   and   workers   wear hiviz   too   and   they   are   not   as   likely   to   spook   into   a   window!)   so   while   the   amount   of   gear   your   horse   wears   is   ultimately   up   to   you,   you   also   have   a   duty   of   care   to   other road   users   by   alerting   them   to   potential   hazards.   If   you   become   parted   from   your   horse,   it   is   vital   they   can   be   seen   and   found.   Be   sure   the   colour   stands   out   on   your horse. Minimal - A martingale. This will help drivers approaching see you are on a horse, but be sure to pick a colour that stands out the best on your colour of animal. Medium    -   A   martingale,   leg   wraps,   head   band   cover/ear   cover   and   a   tail   wrap.   Evidence   suggests   that   the   movement   of   a   horses   legs   alerts   drivers   to   the   fact   they   are   up ahead. A tail wrap or head gear will sit a bit higher, letting them see its a horse over hedges, fences or verges. Most    -   A   martingale,   leg   wraps,   tail   wrap,      head   band   cover/ear   cover,   mesh,   waterproof   sheet   or   parsons   rump.   You’ll   probably   be   seen   from   outer   space,   but   that’s   good for avoiding collisions with NASA! Flashing   lights   can   be   added   to   enhance   your   visibility   but   be   aware   they   can   be   distracting   to   drivers   during   the   day.   They   should   be   worn   at   night   or   in   darker   conditions, with RED to the back and WHITE to the front. Carriages should always have red lights or reflectives to the back and white to the front. The above information has been gathered from various sources and should never be taken as solid evidence that these items will protect your horse from harm. Whatever   you   choose   to   wear,   ensure   it   fits   correctly   and   is   fit   for   purpose   and   where   possible   has   the   current   standard   EN   coding   EN471   or   EN1150.   It   is   also important   to   assess   the   condition   of   your   items,   as   over   time   and   through   washing   they   can   lose   some   potency.   Worn   items   may   not   reflect   as   well   (or   at   all)   or   be   as bright and noticeable.