Sedgemoor District Council have issued some guidelines and safety points for people who wish to exercise horses and ponies on beaches within its area. The guidelines and safety points are for the safety of horse/pony riders and other members of the public.
The following guidelines and safety points are issued for persons who wish to exercise horses and ponies on beaches within its area. The guidelines and safety points are to for the safety of horse/pony riders and other members of the public
No person shall, on the seashore, break-in any horse or other animal or ride or drive any other animal in a race or so as to cause damage or annoyance to any person using the seashore.
No unauthorised person shall use any slip way or entrance to Burnham-on-Sea beach or sections of the beach between the Yacht Club to Maddocks Slade for horse, pony riding or horse and trap.
Persons using the beach for the first time should choose a day when the tide it out, so that they can identify obstacles such as posts, shipwreck, discharge Channel (which can have sharp vertical drop on the foreshore, due to the surface water outfall flows)
Keep out of the dunes, They are preservation areas and mainly privately owned.
Be aware of all other beach users, especially small children playing.
Collect and remove horse manure.
Consider your insurance in case you injure yourselves or others. You ma be asked to show your insurance particulars.
Be aware that in the event of an accident, the nearest telephone may be some distance away and not all areas are accessible to ambulances.
Listen to instructions and advice offered by the Beach Safety Wardens
Strictly no cantering or galloping on the beaches due to unseen hazards along the beach.