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A Shared Forest - Horses & MTB

With increasing numbers of mountain bikers and horse riders, there is a need for both outdoor users groups to understand how we can best co-habit and be responsible riders in our shared spaces.

With narrow trails exiting onto shared forest roads and increasing interactions on shared paths and the wider countryside, it was recognised that there was a need to provide advice to both sets of riders into how we should behave so we can all enjoy our shared spaces together.

Advice for Mountain Bikers


  • Slow down and look before exiting a trail
  • Stop! Ask the horse rider for instruction
  • Say thanks and wave
  • Never spook a horse by silently passing

Graeme McLean, Head of DMBinS

“It has been fantastic to see the growing number of mountain bikers exploring the forests across Scotland but we recognise that there have been incidents where perhaps mountain bikers are unsure how to react to, or safely pass, horses in shared areas. We hope that by showing the perspective from both the mountain biker and the horse rider that we can all learn something and go on enjoying what we love to do – safer and for the benefit of all concerned.”

Advice for Horse Riders


  • Communicate clearly
  • Let mountain bikers pass
  • Say thanks and wave

Helene Mauchlen, British Horse Society

“We were very pleased to be involved with the making of this short educational film and applaud Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland for taking a proactive approach to something that could have become a major issue for our members. We hope that both our members and the mountain bike community are able to share this video and advice to help educate everyone on how we can all responsibly enjoy the outdoors together.”

The 'A Shared Forest' video was funded by DMBinS, British Horse Society, Scottish Cycling and through the European Community Scottish Borders LAG Leader 2012-2020 Programme.

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