As the winter sets in some bridleways can become unusable which may mean you hack out on the roads more. Horse have some dos and don't to help.
Do hack out in calm, sensible company until you and your horse are confident
Do go two abreast- where it is safe and road conditions allow it- and have a calm horse between you and the traffic.
Don't hack out on busy roads until you and your horse are both confident in light traffic.
Do make sure your horse can stop, turn, walk, trot and canter in a safe area, both alone and with other horses, before taking him out hacking.
Don't rush your horse. Introduce new things gradually and spend some time showing him things he might see such as cones and roadwork barriers in the school at home first.
Do wear high visibility gear every time you go out
Do keep an eye on the time, with the evenings drawing in you don't want to be caught out in the dark.
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