Horseback riding is a dangerous sport. Horses can be unpredictable no matter how long you've been riding or how experienced you are. It's always advised to take some special precautions when interacting with horses both on the ground as well as in the saddle
- Always, always, always wear an ASTM or SEI certified helmet, no matter how trained the horse or experienced the rider!
- Ride a suitable horse for your riding skill level.
- Don't leave small children unattended on or around horses. It is the parent or guardian's responsibility to teach kids how to act around horses
- The safest way to learn to ride is with an experienced riding instructor or coach.
- If you are riding a young, green or unfamiliar horse, ride with supervision and in a familiar area.
- When riding in a group, keep at least one horse length between horses. If your horse has any problems riding in a group, alert any other riders in the area.
- If your horse becomes very agitated, dismount and handle the situation from the ground. Don't pick a fight that can harm other riders in the ring or on the grounds.
- Don’t race.
- Consider wearing torso protecting safety vest.
- Check your girth before mounting.
- Check tack frequently for signs of wear and weakness. Conditioning tack regularly can be a great way to inspect tack and prevent premature failure.
- Learn to do a one rein stop and emergency dismount safely.
Learn how to fall. This won't guarantee you won't get hurt, but you may learn how to avoid
injury by rolling away from the horse.
Wear the proper foot wear when interacting with horses. Boots with a heel and ankle support are recommended for riding.
Know your limits as well as your horse's limits. Don't put yourself in danger by trying manoeuvres above your or your horse's skill level.
- We highly recommend riding with supervision or with a buddy. This way someone will be available to call emergency services.
Avoid riding along the road when at all possible. Should this become necessary make sure to ride "with" traffic to avoid possible head-on collissions.
- In a group, ride the speed of the least experienced rider.
Don't 'run' your horse home. This can cause "barn sourness" that can become permanent and extremely difficult to retrain.
These are very basic rules.