Eight Horse Safety Rules

If they’ve told you once…

“If I’ve Told you Once …”

Dont clean your horses hooves like this!
Don't clean your horse's hooves like this!

Time and again, your parents, barn buddies or riding coaches have nagged you about these horse safety rules.

But it won’t hurt you to hear them again.

  • Don’t run your horse back to the barn. That’s how you teach your horse bad manners.
  • Don’t wear inappropriate clothing. Flip-flops are for the beach, not the barn.
  • When cleaning out your horse’s hooves, don’t drag the hoof pick toward yourself and the horse. And for goodness sake, take off that loose jewelry!
  • Don’t tie your horse too low. Remember, tie to the eye.
  • Don’t walk under your horse while he’s tied. If he spooks, you’re in trouble.
  • Don’t dig your spurs into him! Need I say more?
  • Don’t undo the front cinch before unbuckling the back cinch, unless you want your saddle hanging upside-down.
  • Don’t wrap the lead rope around your hand. And what did I tell you about that loose jewelry?

Get more safety tips FREE in AQHA’s Tips for your First Ride report. Download it today and share it with your barn buddies. It’s got great tips for enjoying your horse to the fullest.

10 thoughts on “Eight Horse Safety Rules”

  1. I’m surprised to see that wearing a helmet while riding was not in the 8 safety rules. A helmet has saved me more than once, and is a staple whenever I ride, no matter how “broke” of a horse I’m riding.

  2. dont be a moron when it comes to horses if you have no CLUE what your doing with horses dont get one please cause you will get hurt… do some research first GO TO THE LIBARRY!!!!!!! or you can go the website like this amazing one 🙂 one really great little point is DONT WALK BEHIND A HORSE PPPPPLLLLEEEEAAAASSSSSEEEEE!!!!! YOU WILL GET HURT THANK YOU!!!!! I KNOW THIS CAUSE I HAVE THEM 🙂

  3. I have read the comments above. I would like to advise anyone who is going to get their first horse to go to a good riding instructor and learn to handle a horse Before purchasing one. This is where you will learn safety, by handling and touching and tacking up the horse. The library is fine for research, but to handle and safely care for a horse hands on is the best. Your instructor and some lessons will be a much better investment than to get the wrong horse and spoil a relationship between the horse and the rider.

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