Equipment, Safety & Welfare

It is the competitors responsibility to ensure the equipment used is up to current standards. 2020 rules now effective. 

See relevant pages for equipment safety & rule changes.

Equine Herpes Virus


Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) outbreak has been confirmed at an equestrian centre in Hampshire.

As the disease can spread easily and has the potential for serious consequences, the BHS strongly recommends that yards inform others if they have an outbreak so potential in-contact horses can be quickly isolated and monitored to help decrease the risk of spread.

If you have any concerns for your horse contact your vet immediately.

EHV-1 is contagious and can cause respiratory disease, abortion and neurological disease. The virus can be spread by direct and indirect contact such as:
• Horse to horse contact
• Nasal discharge
• Contaminated equipment or by handlers who have been in contact with infected horses
• Via aerosol droplets over short distances by coughing and snorting

Clinical signs for the respiratory disease will be similar to equine flu and include a high temperature, nasal discharge, coughing, loss of appetite and lethargy. Horses affected by the neurological disease may not able to pass urine or droppings, can display signs of poor limb coordination, and in severe cases are unable to stand. Pregnant mares can suddenly and unexpectantly miscarry their unborn foal.

Further EHV advice and the simple steps you can take to prevent disease spread is available from:

Equine Herpes Virus (jpg)


Website Links


Horse Welfare

 If you have any concerns about the Welfare of Horses in your Area, click on the link below to get in touch with the BHS.


Towing with a Car

If you tow with a Car use the link below to ensure you are safe to do so.


BHS supporting Road Safety Week 18 - 24th November


'Dead Slow' Campaign


Our  ‘Dead? Or Dead Slow’ road safety campaign aims to educate drivers on  how to pass horses safely on the road. The key behavioural change  messages to drivers are:

  • Slow down to a maximum of 15mph
  • Be patient – I won’t sound my horn or rev the engine
  • Pass the horse wide and slow, (if safe to do so) at least a car’s width if possible
  • Drive slowly away
  • Click here for more information

RAF Shawbury

Information on Drones & Hi iz equipment supplied by RAF Shawbury. RAF Shawbury fly zones cover a large part of Area 20.

Drone-Code_July2019_WEB (pdf)


be seen be safe poster (pdf)