Buying Guides High-visibility
Riding on the road with high-vis on
There’s no denying that high-vis is an essential bit of kit – in fact whether hacking on or off-road, you shouldn’t leave home without it. When you’re on the road it makes you easier to see, giving other road users an amazing three extra seconds to see you and react. However, it’s also important to increase your visibility in case of an unfortunate event that sees you and your horse separated, to reduce the time it takes for emergency services and others to locate you.

What colour high-vis should I wear?

Fluorescent fabrics have traditionally been the most popular form of high-vis clothing because they react to UV rays from the sun, making them glow. They come in a variety of colours, including... yellow The most popular colour, which stands out on the road orange May blend into autumn hedgerows and leaves but stands out against crops pink The least natural colour of fluorescent clothing, it stands out well alone or combined with others

Top tip

Wear a combination of colours to make you stand out in the changing seasons.

Time to reflect

Another technical quality used to boost horse and rider visibility is reflectivity. Traditionally used in the form of tape or piping combined with fluorescent materials, more companies are introducing products made almost solely of retro-reflective materials. This material reflects whatever direct light is shone onto it and, while it has a shine during the day, at night it absolutely glows when hit by headlights. This material incorporates millions of tiny glass beads that shine brightly and make the wearer more visible. Did you know? In 2019, 845 incidents involving horses and vehicles were reported to the British Horse Society (BHS).

Up to standard 

To ensure your high-vis wardrobe is effective, look out for BSI approved standards BSEN1150 or EN1150. This is the main standard that ensures you’ll be clearly visible to motorists and other road users whatever the weather and lighting conditions – bright daylight as well as rain, mist, dusk and night-time. To achieve this, clothing must have a combination of fluorescent and reflective material – the best of both worlds. Did you know? There’s currently no law stating that riders must wear high-vis on the road, but it’s essential for you and your horse’s safety and visibility. As a minimum, BHS recommends that riders wear a high-vis jacket or tabard and their horse has high-vis leg bands.  
High-vis for you

Ariat Prevail insulated full-seat tights

These fleece-lined riding tights have reflective panelling on the legs to increase visibility.

£90

ariat.com

 

Hy Viz Silva Flash mobile phone holder

Made from waterproof plastic, this reflective holder keeps your phone safe.

£9.99

hy-equestrian.com

Equisafety Luminosa jacket

A lightweight, waterproof reversible jacket with reflective and fluorescent panels.

£79.99

equisafety.com

Shires Equi-Flector hat cover

This brightly coloured hat silk with reflective stars will keep you safe and seen.

£13.99

shiresequestrian.com

Bridleway Visibility safety vest

This breathable and lightweight tabard has reflective strips and fluorescent material to keep you visible.

£13.99

bridlewayequestrian.com

Hit Air fluorescent air jacket

Featuring reflective strips on the back and front, this lightweight air jacket has internal straps that allow for adjustment.

From £450

hitairuk.co.uk

For your horse

Steeds LED breastplate

This breastplate has three different light settings to keep you bright as a button while out and about.

£44.90

kramer.co.uk

 

DVR Style Vis Stretch and Breathe fly veil

Made from stretchy, breathable mesh-knitted fabric with reflective piping and logo detailing.

£19.99

dvrequestrian.com

Elico Aurora reflective leg bands

A set of four bands with reflective tape and Velcro fastenings that fit over your horse’s legs or boots. 

£14.95

elico.co.uk 

 

WeatherBeeta 300D reflective exercise sheet

Waterproof and durable, this sheet has reflective binding, touch-tape wither closure and a tail flap with reflective detail.

£49.99

weatherbeeta.co.uk

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