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Beaches and Coastline

Horses on Beaches - Guidelines

Photograph of some horses in a field

There is no legislation requiring removal of horse droppings but it is nevertheless requested that horse-riders remove them to avoid complaints.

Horses are allowed on certain beaches at certain times.

  January to May Summer
June, July & August
September to December
Carnlough Any time except if there is an event or a lot of people are on the beach Any time before 11:00 and after 18:00 except if there is an event or a lot of people are on the beach. Any time except if there is an event or a lot of people are on the beach.
Ballygally Not at all Not at all Not at all
Brown's Bay Any time except if there is an event or a lot of people are on the beach Anytime before 11:00 and after 18:00 except if there is an event or a lot of people are on the beach Any time except if there is an event or a lot of people are on the beach

Examples of events are festivals, triathlons and New Year's Day swims.  The reasons for the restricted access for horses is to avoid conflicts of use and to ensure public safety.  These beaches are small and conflicts of interest are therefore more likely to happen.  Horse-riders are asked to please use common sense at all times when deciding if it is safe to bring their horse(s) onto a beach and how they are ridden.

There is no legislation requiring removal of horse droppings but it is nevertheless requested that horse-riders remove them to avoid complaints.

The British Horse Society