Why should you use a camera for Horse Riding?

Since launching the UHWK equestrian camera in October 2017 we have quickly learnt that it is used for many reasons…

Leisure Riding

Capture Moments. Share Life. The UHWK is easy to use and very portable. Keep it charged and its ready to go in seconds.

Share your experiences of your fun hacks out in your local area or on the beach if you are lucky enough to be by the sea.

With our 4 in 1 flash drive you can share on social media straight away. We have seen some great video content shared with us on social media from hunting (spills and all), general hacking or even a day out in the yard.

Schooling and Training

The UHWK has certainly been very popular with instructors and the rider. When schooling they can look back and review their performance.. For teaching the instructor can record the lesson and send to the rider so they can see what went well and what requires improvement.

Visual aid works wonders to help absorb and really understand instruction. The camera is really easy to use, which is great as instructors just don’t have time to fiddly around.

The overwhelming feedback is that it really helps to bring the rider on a lot faster.

During Competitions

Some governing bodies have a current ban on the use of cameras during actual competiton, but it does differ across UK and Ireland. So please make sure that before wearing a camera in any competition you check with the relevant organisation first.

We have found though that riders are wearing during traning etc. not only to capture some great moments but also to review performance.

Road Safety

This is certainly one of the main reasons why riders use a camera. As we all know dashcams are very popular and great protection for the driver. They really are the silent witness ensuring that claims are settled quickly and the right person is brought to justice.

Well as a rider you will know that there are many risks involved when out riding on the roads, we hear some real horror stories. Of course riders and horses are a lot more vulnerable to injury plus can be a lot more unpredictable.

Drivers should be aware of the Highway Code. Take a look at the video of how it should be done..

Considerate

Not So Considerate!

What the Highway Code Says

Rule 214

When passing animals, drive slowly. Give them plenty of room and be ready to stop. Do not scare animals by sounding your horn, revving your engine or accelerating rapidly once you have passed them. Look out for animals being led, driven or ridden on the road and take extra care. Keep your speed down at bends and on narrow country roads.

If a road is blocked by a herd of animals, stop and switch off your engine until they have left the road. Watch out for animals on unfenced roads.

Rule 215

Horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles. Be particularly careful of horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles especially when overtaking. Always pass wide and slowly. Horse riders are often children, so take extra care and remember riders may ride in double file when escorting a young or inexperienced horse or rider. Look out for horse riders’ and horse drivers’ signals and heed a request to slow down or stop. Take great care and treat all horses as a potential hazard; they can be unpredictable, despite the efforts of their rider/driver.

DEAD? Or DEAD SLOW?

In 2016, The British Horse Society launched its ‘Dead? Or Dead Slow?’ campaign to encourage drivers to pass horses safely.

With an increasing number of reported incidents involving riders and cars, we’re building on our solid foundation of road safety education and campaigning to make drivers aware of what to do when they encounter horses on the road.

Advice for Riders

The Dead Slow message has primarily been aimed at drivers, but there are many things we recommend riders can do to reduce the risk of becoming another statistic.

• Always wear hi-viz clothing and put hi-viz equipment on your horse – even on bright days, it is surprising how well a horse can be camouflaged against a hedge

• Unless absolutely necessary, we highly recommend you avoid riding in failing light, fog or darkness or when it is snowing or icy

• Show courtesy to drivers – if you show drivers appreciation of their efforts, then drivers should return the favour

• If you are riding a horse that is not used to roads, make sure you are accompanied by an experienced rider and horse

• Concentrate all the time

• Make sure you have told someone where you are going and what time you are expected back.

ONE YEAR ON

Since the campaign launched in 2016, there has been a 29% increase in the number of road incidents reported to the BHS.

The BHS believes the increase is due to more people being aware of the Horse Accidents website and reporting incidents they’ve been involved in. However, it is unacceptable that horse and rider are continuing to die on our roads.

SO IS IT LEGAL TO VIDEO WHEN RIDING?

In general, videoing whilst hacking on your horse in a public place will not be in breach of UK Law. You will not need a permit and the police should not stop you. It is however important to note that on private property the landowner is entitled to forbid or restrict any filming on their property and you must abide by their rules

Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and as advised above, the police have no power to stop you filming or photographing incidents. There are only a few specific instances where public videoing could violate UK criminal law. Firstly if you are filming an individual persistently and aggressively it may be deemed as harassment. You must also abide by social norms and public decency. Furthermore it is a criminal offence under the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 if you are intending publish or communicate a photograph of a constable, a member of the armed forces, or a member of the security services.

UHWK, THE ULTIMATE HORSE RIDING CAMERA?

We have a great affinity with the Equestrian community. Horse riders love the low-profile of the UHWK camera and of course the safety aspects of filming your rides. We’ve also had great feedback from professional trainers who love being able to play back sessions to their students.