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Safety Tips

  • Always wear an approved safety helmet, all the helmets we sell meet the required New Zealand safety standards. The helmet should fit correctly; too loose and it could slip over your eyes, too tight and it may give you a headache. Helmets should be replaced after every bad fall and should always be worn with the chin strap done up.

 

  • Appropriate footwear should be worn at all times. Always wear covered in shoes when handling horses, as having a horse stand on your foot is particularly painful. When riding, footwear should have a flat smooth sole and a slightly raised heel. This is to help avoid your foot getting stuck in the stirrup should you fall off.

 

  • When tying up a horse ensure the object he will be tied to is secure and won't move or break. Make sure you use a quick release knot (see your pony club manual), you can also tie to a piece of baling twine for extra safety. Make sure the rope is tied tight enough that there isn't a loop that he could get his foot over, as this could result in a nasty injury. Do not leave a tied horse unattended for any length of time.

     

  • All tack should be checked regularly for signs of wear or breakages. Any items with loose stitching should be repaired or replaced before they are used again. After checking any new leather gear fits correctly, oil or condition it thoroughly. This increases the suppleness of the leather and makes it a lot less likely to break. If you use nickel plate bits or irons check regularly for sign of bubbling or sharp edges.

 

  •  Safety is particularly important when leading a horse. Never loop the excess lead rope around you hands or over your shoulder. Should the horse get a fright and run off the rope could tighten around you and cause a serious injury. If a horse is particularly strong to lead use a bridle to give you more control.

 

  • Don't forget to check your horses paddock regularly to ensure it is safe. Make sure any dangerous areas or poisonous plants are safely fenced off. Check the fencing is safe with no loose wires for him to get caught on. If your horse likes to lean on fences it may be a good idea to run an electric wire around the perimeter of his paddock. If he leans on the fences, he is more likely to get a foot caught in the fence.