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Handling horses safely, on holiday and at home!

As horses are unpredictable animals it is always better to be ‘safe rather than sorry’ when it comes to protective measures. This doesn’t just mean wearing a hard hat and sturdy boots – there are a number of different precautions you can take when spending time with horses to help avoid any nasty accidents or injuries.

These guidelines don’t just apply when you are on a riding holiday – these are relevant whenever you are spending time around a horse. Many of these suggestions are simply common sense but even the most experienced of riders can occasionally slip up and come a cropper so don’t hesitate to give yourself a refresher.

Horses have two ‘blind spots’ – directly in front and behind – so always approach them from the side and speak to let them know you are there. Try not to make loud noises or sudden movements and remember to always leave plenty of room if you have to walk behind them.

When you are working around a horse, whether grooming or tacking up, stay close to them so that in the unlikely event that they kick out you will not receive the full impact. If you are in any way nervous or not happy carrying out any tasks, such as picking up hooves, then do not hesitate to ask for help. It is far better to seek assistance than to struggle and cause a problem.

When leading a horse, never wrap the lead rope or reins around your hand and if you are turning them out into a field or paddock, always turn the horse’s head towards the fence before taking the headcollar off. If more than one horse is being turned out leave plenty of room between each of them and ensure everyone removes headcollars at the same time! You never quite know the reaction you are going to get when ‘setting free’ a horse, especially when egged on by their friends! If you are leading a horse into a stable always turn the horse towards you at the door before taking the headcollar off – that way you aren’t in any risk of being squashed against a wall, or backed into a corner.

 

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Safely does it, from head to toe!

It may seem obvious but just because you are in another country doesn’t mean safety equipment should go out of the window! It can be tempting in warmer climates to forgo the hard hat and feel the wind in your hair, but even on the safest horse you should be prepared for unexpected circumstances.

We recommend that you wear a hard hat whenever you are riding, whether at home or on holiday. Even if your guide or other riders are not wearing a hard hat, this should not influence your decision. Check that your hat meets the current safety regulations, for the most up to date British safety regulations check out the BETA guidelines.

Hard Hats don’t have to be hot and sweaty, look for a well-ventilated, lightweight helmet, which will keep you safe, cool and comfortable even in the warmest of climates. Shop around to find the hat you like best, and always make sure it has been properly fitted to your head, most tack shops offer free fitting advice. We personally like the Troxel Riding Hats, available from Performance Equestrian.

Footwear is important and wearing appropriate, specifically designed equestrian boots will offer you safety, protection, comfort and help you stay stable in the stirrups. Flip Flops and trainers do not match well with heavy horse feet, so make sure whenever you are spending time around horses your feet are well dressed!

There are lots of products available on the market made from technical fabrics rather than traditional leather, many with lightweight but durable soles, ventilation and breathable linings to prevent overheating your feet. We are big fans of the Ariat collection, in particularly their Endurance styles for comfort and durability. Visit their website to see the many styles available and find your local stockist.

While you may wish to look glam and accessorise when on holiday, bear in mind that jewellery, especially earrings, rings and necklaces, can easily get caught and could break, or worse, cause an injury. When you are choosing your outfit make sure that any loose clothing can be buttoned or zipped up to prevent flapping and frightening your horse.

One of our resident equestrian travel experts, Olwen Law from In The Saddle, on a riding holiday in Cappadocia, Turkey, wearing a Troxel Helmet and Ariat footwear.

 

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