Seen This Winter Says BETA
British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) has put out a call for
riders to be more safety conscious in the run up to and during the
on the road can be dangerous but at times unavoidable and in winter
it is more important than ever to make sure both you and your horse
are visible to drivers.
people do not maximise their visibility when they're out on the
roads" says Claire Williams of BETA.
visibility clothing is not just baggy, green tabards anymore. There's
a whole new range of stylish gear available on the market, so there's
no excuse for not being safe on the roads this winter."
most important area to highlight is the riders' head as this can
be seen above car height in built up areas and also above fences
and hedgerows on country roads so make sure you invest in a fluorescent
points on your horse can also make a big difference. Tail guards
with reflective strips are perfect for increasing visibility from
behind while a bridle kit, with strips for the browband, noseband
and both reins will make a big difference to oncoming traffic.
such as reflective leg bands and fluorescent exercise sheets help
drivers judge your size when they are passing you and there are
all sorts of alternatives to the standard tabard such as waistcoats
in a variety of colours including pink, purple and classic black
and even reversible jackets that can be worn as a fleece around
the yard and a fluorescent jacket when out riding.
range of high visibility wear is constantly improving and many companies
have spotted the need for a more fashionable approach to reflective
gear," says Claire. "This is great news as it is encouraging
more and more riders to put safety first when they are out on the