Vermont Horse Council Safety
View our new road safety PSA on the right, thanks to the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and Vt. Department of Public Safety for sponsoring this new public safety information!
Vulnerable User (Bike, Equestrian, and Pedestrian) Laws Are Updated!
Horses now fall under the title of "Vulnerable Users." This also includes horse drawn vehicles.
Below is an update as of July 1, 2016.
The Vermont Statutes Online
The statutes were updated in November, 2018, and contain all actions of the
2018 legislative session.
Title 23 : Motor Vehicles
Chapter 013 : Operation Of Vehicle
Subchapter 011 : Miscellaneous Rules
(Cite as: 23 V.S.A. § 1127)
§ 1127. Control in presence of animals
(a) Whenever upon a public highway and approaching a vehicle drawn by a draft animal, an animal upon which a person is riding, or animals being herded, the operator of a motor vehicle shall operate the vehicle in such a manner as to exercise every reasonable precaution to prevent the frightening of any animal and to ensure the safety and protection of the animal and the person riding, driving, or herding.
(b) The operator of a motor vehicle shall yield to any animals being herded on or across a highway. (Added 1971, No. 258 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. March 1, 1973; amended 1989, No. 55; 2009, No. 114 (Adj. Sess.), § 5.)
Horse Paper Pouches
They are available for purchase for $20.00, in a variety of colors. These pouches are great to keep Coggins and Rabies certificate, shot records and even information on your dog (Rabies and Dog License). Contact Carmel Stone at 802-879-7354 or Motortim@aol.com.
With spring in sight, it’s time to think about getting ready to ride and checking over tack and getting Trailers registered. Take extra time checking over tack, worn or dried out leather can become a safety issue. Double checking the trailer hitch before heading out on the road can save your live and your horse(s).
117 Old Stage Road
Essex Junction, VT 05452
Vermont-Large-Animal-Technical-Rescue-Coalition Trained Teams
by Carmel Stone
The current teams are:
Colchester Technical Rescue = Chittenden, Grand Isle and Washington Counties
Orwell Fire Department = Addison and Northern Rutland County
Being run out of the Lucy Mckenzie Humane Society by a trained responder = Orange and Northern Windsor County
Grafton Fire Department = Windham and Southern Windsor Counties
Middletown Springs = Bennington and Southern Rutland County
Craftsbury Fire Department = Lamoille and Orleans County
Sheffield-Wheelock Fire Department Technical Rescue = Caledonia and Essex County
In an emergency teams can only be requested by your local fire department law enforcement or veterinarian.
Call 911 and your veterinarian in the event of emergency!! Please state you have a large animal emergency.
Facebook Information: the URL link is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vermont-Large-Animal-