With fewer places to ride, and increasing fuel prices you can expect to see more riders returning to riding on the roads. For many, driving on roads with horses may be a new experience.
The most important rule is to slow down and give horses room (as you should for cyclists and pedestrians on the road).
SLOW means 50kph, and prepare to stop if the horse is unsettled.
You can be charged with dangerous driving if you do not behave appropriately around horses on the roads.
The rider you meet may be a pensioner on a tight budget, a farm worker, a working mum, a schoolchild, a banker or executive, or a professional rider.
Horse riders and owners come from a wide variety of backgrounds, age groups, and experience. In New Zealand the costs of keeping a horse are similar to many other sports or hobbies.
Transporting a horse from one place to another shouldn't require loading it into a vehicle; the horse is quite capable of travelling many kilometres under its own steam.
Removing large horse vehicles from the roads is both more sustainable, and reduces maintenance and congestion on the roads.
Roads have existed for thousands of years, and are for people to get from place to place. Pedestrians, horses, and cycles are all legal road users.