Keep Safe Around Horses

“Eventing is a high risk sport and anything that can improve safety in or out of the saddle is of huge benefit. The MDIRF give excellent safety tips from experienced riders who really understand”
Gemma Tattersall

Here are a few of our top safety tips to help you keep safe around your horses including our celebrity riders’ advice.

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Being around horses always carries a risk of injury, so our first tip is to make sure you have insurance that covers you for accidents or injuries around horses.

Don’t rush. Take your time tacking up, handling or schooling. Rushing your horse and yourself can lead to tension and mistakes so choose the simple option if time is tight.

Have your helmet fitted by a qualified hat fitter & ensure that it is up to the correct standard for your event or discipline.

Always wear a safety helmet when handling, leading or riding and if you drop it or have a fall. Replace rather than regret, as damage is not always visible. It could save your life.

Have regular lessons and improve your own fitness, so you not only feel more confident but have better core strength and reaction time.

Body protectors need to fit correctly to work effectively, so get expert advice.

Don’t push your own body or your horses beyond their capabilities. Being unfit and tired can affect you both physically and mentally.

These four videos were made for National Equestrian Safety Day.