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The BC government is warning drivers to expect more horses to be on rural roads as temperatures begin to increase.
According to the province, horses and their riders are recognized under the Motor Vehicle Act. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are expected to share the roadway and give appropriate space to horses.
Signage is available in most rural areas to warn drivers of animals sharing the roads. When signs are not present, drivers still need to be cautious.
If you encounter a horse on your route, you should slow down before getting to close to the animal, pass with a wide berth, brake and accelerate gently, turn off stereos, avoid honking and ride quietly.
Those who notice an agitated horse should wait for the handler to get it under control before passing.
"Horse riders should use caution when travelling on narrow roads or in times of low visibility, such as dusk or dawn," wrote the province. "Riders are advised to wear reflective vests, and when possible, outfit horses with high-visibility leg bands."
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