Navigating traffic safely
Tight, small and cramped spaces are a given when you ride in busy areas, with alleyways and rows of parked cars. It can seem like a huge ask to get your 16.3hh horse through a narrow gap, but the secret to success here is confidence and knowing your horse’s capabilities. “Horse’s often cope with tight spaces well,” Kim explains, “but every horse is its own individual. When we’re weaving in and out of the traffic, we remain assertive. You’ve got to own the road. If the traffic observes you being uncertain and dithering, then they’ll see what they can get away with.” It’s not unusual for drivers to close up on you, so it’s up to you to manage your space if you have a horse who doesn’t like being boxed in. Be mindful of where the front end and the back end of your horse is, and don’t be afraid to get up on the pavement if you need to and politely ask the cars around you to give you more space if they can. “Know that drivers have clocked you before you commit to a movement. We don’t go unless we have eye contact,” says Kim. If you know your horse struggles when cars close in, then aim to hack out with someone with a more confident horse so you can support each other if you need to.