Horse Safety

Safety of the horse

Imagine standing near the shoulder or next to the hindquarters and not directly in front of or behind a horse when caring for his head or brushing or braiding his tail. The rules of horsemanship must be followed by all, with adults setting a good example. A horse may shy away from sudden movements or loud noises (jumping sideways) or kick out. A horse is safest to lead with halter and lines. Soak the horse a few sips at a time.

Horse&Rider safety regulations - Horse&Rider

Exercise extra caution when you enter a field or dock with several ponies (they may accidentally toast, tread on you or even kicks you).

Don't put corn or other feed in a group of ponies - it only attracts them to huddle around you and could trigger a "food fight" in which you are trapped in the center. Bind a horse "eye up and not longer than your arm", i.e. the lump should be at least as high as the horse's own eyeband, and the gap from the lump to the holster should not exceed the length of your arms.

Only bind to a secure, firm item with the help of a snap fastener or a tear-off cord. Hold your finger out of the straps while tying the rope. Imagine standing near the shoulders or next to the hind leg and not directly in front of or behind a horse when caring for his forehead or scrubbing or braiding it.

In order to go behind a horse, either (1) go near enough to bristle him (where a step would have no true strength) by holding a wrist on his back while you are walking around; or (2) far enough away to be out of reach. Do not duck under the neckties; you could cause the horse to retreat and you would be highly susceptible to injuries if he did.

Watch a horse's legs while working around him, as the horse is often imprudent where it goes. If you release a horse's ankle after cleansing, make sure that your own ankle is not at the point where it will return to the floor. Never bend or lie on the floor when caring for a horse's lower legs or hooves (as when putting on a bandage).

If you cover a horse, first attach the harness, then the harness and then the back thighs. That makes it out of the question that the ceiling slips and gets caught with the back of a horse. Avoid fighting with a hesitant horse to get it into a pendant; get expert help and re-training if necessary.

When a horse is in the towbar, lock the back or the loading bay before attaching it to the towing tow. Unhook the horse before opening the back of the pendant to prevent it from pulling back and hitting the end of the cable, panicking and pulling back.

If you throw a horse or bangs out for practice or return them to their pastures or paddocks, always turn their heads back to the goal and kick through it yourself before sliding off the holster to dodge their heel if they kick them in joy of liberty. Even better (especially for hungry stallions or ponies), put the goodies in a pail before they are offered.

Catching device. The basic requirements are good walking clothes (boots or high-heeled shoes) and, especially for kids, a correctly adapted safety hat that complies with the latest safety standaards. The Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) is certifying horses' headwear that complies with or exceeds the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) quality assurance requirements.

A safety or tear-off bar (for easy loosening of the feet in the case of a fall) is an additional safety feature, as is a safety jacket for all those who take part in off-road use. Slightly pinching, tousled coat under the shabraque, a backrest that is too narrow - all this can lead to a horse behaving "inexplicably".

The horse or bangs of a baby should remain for assembly or be supported by an grown-up until the baby sits safely in the seat. Remaining quiet, concentrated and vigilant in the saddle is an important protection.

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