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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


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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