1. Pay attention to what happens before what happens, happens!
- Accidents can and WILL happen, so be prepared and watchful
2. Post emergency information and have a fully stocked first aid kit that includes items for both horses and riders.
- Make sure everyone knows where the nearest phone is and have all key information posted by that phone including phone numbers for emergency personnel and Veterinarian.
3. There should be adult supervision at all times!
- We suggest a 1:3 ratio of adults to children
4. Barn doors, doorways, aisles, and walkways / paths should be kept clear and free of obstacles and obstructions.
- Chairs, shovels, trunks, brooms, apple pickers, and wheelbarrows are some items that are often left in areas that they shouldn’t be left in. Keep the areas clean and clear to avoid injuries to horses and riders.
5. Do not “horse play” in the barn. That means NO Running or rough housing!
- A little “innocent fun” can lead to a major safety issue
6. Do not mount or ride a horse in or through the barn.
- It easy to get into a tight spot or into an area that might have suddenly become at eye level. Walking into a low bar or support beam can cause a “splitting” head-ache.
7. Store your feed safely. Keep hay, grain, or other feed away for heat sources and electrical outlets.
- Make sure you buy quality hay. Hay that was harvested and bailed when wet can self combust. Store hay in a loft or elevated by some means and not stored on concrete or plastic.
- Store other feed products in rodent and weather proof containers
8. Wear proper attire.
- When at the barn, dress for the barn. You should have boots on. Do NOT wear sandals or flip flops to the barn. NO SHORTS!
9. ALL Student riders should wear a helmet – no matter what skill level they are at.
10. When walking around a horse, use the 6 inches or 6 feet rule.
- If you are working around a horse, be within 6 inches or further than 6 feet to avoid potential harmful kicks.
11. Watch for items that are in need of repair like electrical outlets, wall switches, panels, gates, fences, and more.
- If you find an item that needs repair, be sure to let someone know.
12. Properly store pesticides, fertilizers, cleaners, and all other potentially hazardous materials AS WELL AS medicines out of the reach of children and curious animals.
13. Provide garbage cans and use them.
14. Watch the Weather!
- If you hear thunder, you should dismount
15. Pay attention AND Be Prepared!
- Many accidents can be avoided simply by paying attention to your surroundings. Always be prepared for what could happen.
We hope you find these tips useful!
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