Driving around horses
Horse-riding is a popular hobby for many Victorians of all-ages. In central Melbourne, as well as the outer-suburbs and regional Victoria you may come across horses and horse-drawn vehicles on or beside the road at some point. Horses can be unpredictable and easily scared so extra care must be taken when you encounter them. Horses are allowed to be ridden on roads under the Victorian Road Safety Road Rules.
If you do see a horse:
- Slow down and be ready to stop,
- Give them plenty of room (at least a car’s width) and pass slowly when safe and legal to do so,
- Don’t make sudden moves or noises like revving the engine or tooting the horn.
If on a bicycle, don’t ride quickly past, particularly from behind. If the horse or rider isn’t aware that you are coming, you may scare them, putting everyone at risk of injury. It is best to call-out, slow down or stop and wait, as appropriate, not approaching until you are sure that the rider has seen you.
For advice on sharing trails and paths in the bush see the Australian Trail Horse Riders Association.
For the rules that apply to riders of horses see people in charge of animals.