This section will provide guidelines and resources to keep horse and rider safe, including what to do in a medical emergency.

Tips For Working Safely With Horses

Working with horses can be a rewarding yet potentially risky endeavor. Here are five safety tips to keep in mind when handling horses:

  1. Always approach horses calmly and confidently:
    Horses are highly sensitive animals that can easily be spooked by sudden movements or loud noises. When approaching a horse, do so calmly and confidently, speaking in a soothing tone to reassure the animal of your presence.
  2. Be mindful of your body language:
    Horses are experts at reading body language, so it’s important to be aware of your own posture and movements around them. Avoid sudden movements or gestures that may startle the horse, and maintain a calm and composed demeanor when handling or working around them.
  3. Wear appropriate safety gear:
    When working with horses, it’s important to wear the proper safety gear to protect yourself from potential injuries. This may include a riding helmet, sturdy footwear, gloves, and other protective clothing as needed.
  4. Learn and understand horse behavior:
    Understanding horse behavior and body language can help you anticipate and prevent potential accidents. Learn how to interpret signs of stress, fear, and agitation in horses, and respond accordingly to keep both yourself and the horse safe.
  5. Never stand directly behind a horse:
    One of the most important safety tips when working with horses is to avoid standing directly behind them. Horses have a blind spot directly behind them where they cannot see, increasing the risk of being kicked if they feel startled or threatened. Always stay to the side of the horse or within its line of sight to avoid this danger.

By following these safety tips and remaining vigilant and attentive when working with horses, you can help prevent accidents and injuries and ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience for both yourself and the animals.

First Aid ABC ~ Airway, Breathing, Circulation

If you have an accident on the trail, call for help or send someone for help right away.

  • Check that the person’s Airway is clear.
  • Are they Breathing?
  • Is the heart providing blood Circulation?

This article provides a quick refresher on First Aid.