Posted by: rstor | March 24, 2015

The Riding and Road Safety Test

With the weather improving many equestrians are making the most of the additional daylight hours to go out hacking. Though some of us are lucky enough to stay off-road with our horses the majority have to encounter road work and traffic. 

So in our latest blog RS-tor takes a look at the Riding and Road Safety test run by the British Horse Society (BHS) to see how it can contribute to our safety whilst hacking on the road.

The Riding and Road Safety Test

Taken by more than 4,000 candidates a year, the BHS Riding and Road Safety Test aims to help educate riders in road safety to minimise risks involved in riding on the roads.

There are 3 main parts to the test: the theory test, the stimulated test and the road test.

Theory Test: A written test with questions covering the Highway Code, the Riding and Roadcraft Manual, and the rules of riding on the roads.

Simulated Road Route: This part of the test takes place in off-road conditions. It is designed to test the rider’s ability to ride appropriately on the road. This includes observations, signalling, manoeuvring and negotiating a series of hazards that they may encounter on the roads.

The Road Route: Once the candidate has demonstrated an understanding of road safety in the first two sections they can attempt a set route on the roads to demonstrate their competence in dealing with vehicles and other hazards.

Upon passing all phases of the tests riders are awarded a riding and road safety certificate.

Who can take the test? 

The test is available to all riders from 12 years of age and candidates do not have to be BHS members. Receiving training is possible but if not required and it is not essential to own a horse in order to take the test, as many riding schools and centres organise them for their pupils.

A published list of dates documenting the tests to be held at centres is available from the BHS website; click here to see dates and venues offering the test in the UK for 2015.

If you think that you would benefit from improving your road safety knowledge and highway codee knowledge why not find out more today by visiting

RS-tor recommend riders use the RS-tor Riding Safety Aid whilst hacking, providing riders a ‘handle on any situation’ if the horse bucks, spooks, trips or rears whilst hacking.

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