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

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). 

Contact Info:
Carmel Stone
117 Old Stage Road
Essex Junction, VT 05452
(802) 373-0638

Helpful Links:

Ask your local television stations to air this Public Service Announcement video to educate drivers on how to safely pass horses on the road. -Contact Dr. Betsy Greene ( with the station contacts to get the file sent to them. This PSA was created through collaborations by University of Vermont, Vermont Horse Council and Vermont Farm Bureau.

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.

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