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Optimising your Safety whilst Horse Riding.

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All sports involve a certain amount of risk and horse riding though rewarding, great exercise and fun for all can sometimes be dangerous. It is important to remember that our equines have minds of their own and sometimes despite training they can and will act of their own accord!

Horses for Courses!

It might sound simple but it is important to choose the right horse. Your pairing of personalities, size, and experience on both sides must be compatible for a good relationship with your equine.

Understand horse behaviour

Knowing how a horse thinks is vital when horse riding as this will allow you to adjust your own behaviour when training.

The equine is a flight animal so loud noises and sudden movements can easily scare a horse, especially if these movements and noises occur outside their field of vision.

When riding, always do your best to avoid entering a situation where there is a lot of commotion or the risk of unexpected movements and noise levels are high.

Watch out for the Warning Signs

If a horse or pony is scared or aggravated it may lash out. It is vital to recognise warning signs such as pinned back ears, head shaking, a swishing tail or rolling eyes could be signs that a horse could bite or kick. Likewise when you are riding if it important to identify things which may cause your horse to spook or even rear or actions which may provoke a buck!

 

Invest in the right equipment

Correctly fitting tack is a must for your horse’s welfare and both of your safety. Choosing the right horse riding equipment for yourself is a must as it will offer you protection if you are unlucky enough to ‘part company’. Every rider should invest in a top quality riding helmet which meets the required safety standards.

In addition to a riding hat or helmet you may also benefit from the following items:

  • A Body protector is a foam filled vest which is designed to give protection to the back and chest area of the rider should the rider fall or be kicked. Injuries cannot be entirely prevented by wearing a body protector but a body protector can reduce the severity of any impact on the body and prospective injury.
  • Some riders may also choose to wear an air jacket when riding. Air jackets are a relatively new addition to the market- proving very popular on the Eventing field and also for avid hacking riders. The air jacket attaches via a cord to your saddle and should you fall the air jacket is stimulated to inflate to minimise impact from the fall.
  • Riding gloves offering a solid grip of the reins and also to shield your hands from any damage.
  • Fluorescent clothes for hacking are important. Hi Vis clothing increases visibility and safety on the road particularly in difficult weather conditions.
  • An RS-tor. The RS-tor The RS-tor Riding Safety Aid provides riders a beneficial, safety tool. The RS-tor has a ‘bungee’ element that helps prevents rider falls by ‘absorbing’ the velocity of being unseated. The RS-tor’s is easy to hold, simply held in the hand like a riding crop but offering riders a square stopper to stop or slow a fall when the fall prevention aspect comes into effect if the horse spooks, bucks, rears, cat-leaps or stumbles.  In addition its confidence-boosting benefits are always experienced allowing riders to compete with confidence!

To find out more about the RS-tor Rider Safety Aid visit the website at www.rstor.co.uk 

 

 
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