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    12-05-2008, 01:51 PM
Safety around horses

I am sure somewhere on here there is thread about safety around horses but a little bit of a disagreement from another thread got me thinking. First off I don't want this to have anything to do with that thread so please don't take offense if you were reading that thread.

What I wanted to say is that since I am getting older my idea about safety around horses has changed. When I was a kid it was no decision, you must wear and helmet and boots and that was that. Then as I got older I might just leave the helmet if it was hot and I was trailriding.

Now I give lessons to mostly novice riders and some people who just want to go for a "ride." I am amazed at how many people arrive with sandals even after they have been told to at least wear close toed shoes.

Some adults try to wriggle out of the helmet but for kids no way. Thank goodness. The other day a young girl (good rider) had a horse spook and her saddle slipped (horse blew up bad,it was western saddle) she fell underneath horse who turned to run back to barn and nicked her helmet with her hoof.

So glad she was wearing one!!! What I am saying is that especially if there are young riders around or students older more senior riders should really set an example. Wearing sandals while working with or around horses is not a good example (hey if no kids around do what you feel is okay for you)

Yes western riders don't usually wear helmets when they are showing at least but the show helmets I wore as English rider when I was a kid were also just for "show." No real protection.

Yes you can get hurt with all the proper gear, but better safe than sorry.

Horses are dangerous, no way around it and taking proper precautions is so important. Just had to put my opinion out there

Thanks for listening, discussion and differing opinions welcome as this is the appropriate place.
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    12-05-2008, 02:03 PM
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I wear my helmet for everything exept show day (western)...lessons and at home I wear it... I actually where it when I longe too..... I used to never where it, except for lessons and shows... not sure if I just got older and wiser or why I suddenly started whereing it for everything........
    12-05-2008, 02:20 PM
I would consider basic safety for horses to be things like:

- knowing how to move around the horse, e.g. Not walking directly behind them, not running up to them suddenly so that they spook, etc.
- wearing close-toed shoes; trainers don't offer that much protection against a heavy horse's hoof but they do offer some, and of course boots or muckers are stuffer and protect you better.
- wear a helmet whenever you're on a horse.
- wear boots with appropriate grip (i.e. Nothing shark-toothy) and heel when riding.

I know in America loads of people ride in jeans, but at places that offer horse riding or pony trekking to the public in the UK, there are always signs saying 'DO NOT WEAR JEANS'.
    12-05-2008, 02:24 PM
I may be having a blonde moment...but why no jeans?
    12-05-2008, 02:27 PM
Because the seams will rub your legs raw. I went trekking once, long before I started riding, me in joggers, my aunt in jeans; I was a bit sore because I got a stirrup leather tangled and it rubbed my leg, but my aunt was rubbed red along where the seam of her jeans lay and the next day it blistered.

When I booked my first riding lesson, I was told, "No jeans, close-toed shoes with a small heel."
    12-05-2008, 03:29 PM
This is just my opinion, but if I were giving lessons to some one and they showed up in sandles, I would politely ask them to change their shoes and if they don't have other shoes along (for either an adult or child) I would ask them to leave and to wear the appropriate foot wear for next time and maybe they will learn. I believe that basic safety should be included in lessons- after all it is a huge part of it!
    12-05-2008, 03:50 PM
I agree with you about asking people to change or leave, its frustrating but when they are told they ought to pay attention :) And learning how to be safely around horses is the first thing I teach which is how I get off on the tangent anyway.
I agree Jeans can rub you the wrong way. I usually wear chaps with jeans or riding jodphurs. One thing about barefoot, flip flops, etc- in florida where I am bugs, snakes etc are also an issue. Ants will attack bare feet in a second. So for me closed toe shoes are a must at the barn.

I am wearing my helmet all the time now when on the horse just because I am getting older ha! And I have a younger crazier horse.

(she has tossed me yet) I know I should never ever say that!
    12-05-2008, 04:03 PM
Safety goes far beyond shoes and a helmet tho. There dozens of rules that I hope every one is following such as not your lead rope in a loop when leading, always make sure the horse is at your shoulder during leading, not straight behind you. Always keep your hand on your horse when waking around him, you just never when a horse is still paying attention to you or not. Wouldn't want to learn that one the hard way.

There are many more, let's try to be as safe as we can everyone, it only takes one bad accident to wreck your life permanently.
    12-05-2008, 04:05 PM
I totally agree, and I have learned since doing this for about a year that I cannot take anything for granted, people can be really "dense." Especially with very small children around horses.
    12-05-2008, 04:30 PM
Things like that are why you're not allowed to lead a horse at my home stables unless they know you know how, and why visitors aren't allowed to just walk into the stalls (where some of the lesson horses wait, tied up; not a loose box) to pat the horses, and why visitors and small children are only allowed unsupervised down two of the aisles in the barn, which are all loose boxes.

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