Safety Talks

Horse behavior and riding safety talk

Horse behavior and riding safety talk

Horses are strong and naturally have great power. They also have a mind of their own and can act independently of what the rider wants.

It should be respected that serious injuries from riding horses can occur including:

  • Damage to the head or spine
  • Fractures
  • and even death

These can occur purposely from the animal or by accident including being thrown, crushed or kicked.

Precautions to take when riding:

  • Visually inspect all riding areas prior to start of work and look for any uneven surfaces or debris
  • If someone is not completely comfortable riding, they should not by working on one in the yard
  • Each rider should be evaluated prior to working horseback
  • All horse and rider equipment should be kept in good condition
  • As much as possible leave room around the horse to move and not be surrounded by other horses or livestock
  • If a horse becomes agitated dismount and remove them from the area to regain control and calm before riding
  • Avoid riding near vehicles when possible
  • Keep proper position when riding with hands on reins
  • Ride as slowly and calmly as possible avoiding running

Horse handling practices:

  • Remain calm and quiet when working around horses as much as possible
  • Approach a horse from the front and gain attention as you move towards them
  • Never stand directly behind a horse and when possible, stand beside their shoulder
  • When working around a horse on foot, bend instead of kneeling or squatting, to be able to move away quickly if needed