Horses are beautiful animals that make great workers, riding partners, and loving companions. One of the most amazing things about them is that, although they’re incredibly strong and powerful, they are gentle creatures by nature. That being said, it is important to remember that a horse is capable of serious damage and injury if they’re put in a frightening or uncomfortable situation.
The good news is that as long as you follow these safety rules below, you’ll be able to work and build a relationship with any horse safely and successfully!
1) Always approach a horse from the side.
The last thing you want to do is spook a horse. If they don’t know you’re coming, they may startle and have a physical reaction that can hurt you or them. Horses’ eyes are on the side of their head, which puts their blind spots directly in front of and behind them. Approaching from the side ensures that they will see you and not be surprised. You should also always speak as you approach and before touching a horse, to further alert them to your presence.
2) Don’t wrap the lead rope around any part of your body.
If you’re working with your horse and something scares them, they may go running. If this happens and you’re tied to them in any way, you’re going to be injured or dragged along with them. Instead, make a few large loops with the rope and grasp it in the middle (so it looks like a butterfly). This way if they spook, the rope will just slide out of your hand.
3) Wear safety gear.
The right clothing and equipment will help prevent and protect you from injury when working with or riding a horse. Your most important items will be a quality riding helmet and riding or other hard-toed boots. For the rest of your outfit, just don’t wear anything too loose or baggy that could get caught on your horse’s tack or other riding equipment.
4) Be careful when turning a horse loose.
When you’re returning your horse to a field or stable after a ride or for exercise, you must take caution. Sometimes when a horse is released, they will kick in excitement or immediately bolt to the field/stable, and you do not want to get caught in their path. When setting them lose, turn your horse to face you and your exit gate. Then, back away (still facing them) through the gate, close it, and release them.
Just like you, your horse deserves to always feel safe and protected. At Deer Creek Structures, we build top-quality run-in sheds, shedrow barns, and aisle barns that offer them that sense of security and comfort.
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