I think that Bluebird must live in a different Uk to the one I left 5 years ago, Health & Safety Laws apply to humans and not to animals and in that respect are no stricter there than they are here and they don't apply to what you do in your own time on your own property.
You don't need a BHS certificate to legally work with horses unless you are going into a teaching situation. I know a lot of yards who wont employ people who have gone the BHS Equestrian college route because they are often girls who've never ridden a horse outside of a riding school situation and have no idea how to deal with a horse that doesnt play the right game.
I have always turned young and new horses out in a leather or break away headcollar with a short length of bailer twine attached to it, I've done this hundreds of times and never seen one accident, its actually a really effective way to train a horse not to panic in a situation where it feels 'caught up'. Its all about teaching a horse to relax and give to pressure
Horses will go out of their way to do stupid things but you can't wrap them in cotton wool and the most accidents I've seen over the years have been caused by people doing things with horses that they didnt have enough knowledge or experience to handle but thought they did
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