Horse Riding in the South of Scotland

South Of Scotland Countryside Trails

Planning Your Trip

Code for Responsible Horse Riding

  • Remember horses hooves can damage surfaces in wet conditions.
  • Take particular care of the environment in protected areas that have significant cultural/or natural value as they can be very sensitive to damage.
  • Do not damage timber or hedgerows by jumping.
  • Always be courteous to people you meet and respect everyone’s privacy and peace.
  • Give way to walkers and remember other users may be elderly, disabled, children or simply afraid of horses.
  • Remember that you have to take responsibility for your own actions, so take care of your own safety and that of others.
  • Leave all gates as you find them.
  • Ride slowly past all livestock.
  • Leave your dog at home unless you are wholly confident of keeping it under control in all situations.
  • The size of groups of riders should be governed by the ground conditions at the time so as not to damage the riding surface.
  • Please pay attention to any temporary restrictions or diversions indicated.
  • Do not hold up land management and farming operations.



This project is being part-financed by the European Community
Scottish Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, Tyne-Esk and South Lanarkshire Leader+ 2000-2006 programmes

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