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Duty of Care and Accident Prevention

 As in all walks of life accidents will occasionally happen but many may be avoided by following the rules/guidelines below.The first 6 items below are stipulated on the BDS insurance policy….

  1. The driving bridle must not be removed whilst the horse(s) is still attached to the carriage.
  2. It is a condition precedent to liability that when the horse(s) is in harness and attached to the carriage that a driver will be on the box seat and in control of the reins at all times.
  3. If the driver dismounts, then a groom must be in control of the horse(s) by holding the head by means of a lead rope attached to the bit ring or headcollar or by holding the reins close to the horse’s head.
  4. No passengers will be in the carriage unless the driver is on the box seat and in control of the horse(s).
  5. The horse(s) will not be tethered or tied up whilst still attached to the carriage.
  6. Driving/Long Reining the horse whilst walking beside the carriage is not considered suitable control under the terms of this policy. The only exception to this condition is working with horse drawn agricultural implements.
  7. All harness should be in a sound condition and adjusted to fit the horse or pony.
  8. The vehicle should be in sound condition and of a type suitable for the terrain to be covered. The harness and Vehicle are the responsibility of the Whip.
  9. Never put a horse/pony into an environment which you believe it will find alien.
  10. Before attending a group event e.g. rally, show, and ensure that your horse is happy driving with other turnouts. That is also the responsibility of the Whip.
  11. When driving in company never move off adjacent to another horse being put to without checking that the other driver is happy for you to do so.
  12. When driving in company leave sufficient distance from the vehicle in front to permit change of pace or direction.
  13. After descending a slope remember that all turnouts behind must be clear of the slope before anyone increases pace.
  14. Look well ahead and remember what you miss (!) that your horse sees could be the start of a problem.
  15. Avoid driving on the highway at dawn/dusk and at night. If this cannot be avoided reflective clothing and carriage stickers are essential.
  16. After lighting-up time vehicles on the highway must have reflectors and red rear electric lamps - candle lamps do not provide sufficient lighting.
  17. Your whip is an aid - and should be in your hand and not the whip socket.
  18. Never tie a turnout to another turnout.
  19. Always approach a ridden/driven horse with extreme care.
  20. An active groom or passenger should be carried in the vehicle at all times.
  21. Always stop in a space which allows you to exit easily at any time, especially applicable to groups.
  22. When in the vehicle grooms, passenger/s and driver must have their feet firmly on the floor of the vehicle or use a suitable fixed footrest
  23. All drivers/grooms/passengers under the age of 14 years must wear a hard hat (with chin strap and kite marked) when in a carriage or in attendance to a turnout.
  24. Junior Whips under 18 years must be accompanied by a Competent Adult.
  25. Pass pedestrians and other horses, ridden or driven, carefully - not too close or fast.
  26. No Horse to be left unattended whilst attached to a vehicle.
  27. All horses / ponies must be shod and over 4 years old.
  28. Basic first aid for humans & equines should be carried at all times.
  29. Basic spares including headcollar & rope should be carried at all times.
  30. Show courtesy  and consideration to motorists and acknowledge them.
  31. Racing is not allowed at any time.