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Horse sense 5 21 12

  1. 1. Horse Safety Alison Flury – AliBoo Farm Inc.Stirrup Safety – Safety Check Inc.
  2. 2. Horse Sense NOT – One end of the horse kicks the other bites DEF: How horses think and react and how to work around them Inherent risk associated with working around and with horses Maintain safe conditions
  3. 3. How many things arewrong in this picture?
  4. 4. Equine Instincts Constant awareness to surroundings  Louds noises, rustling, sudden motion, anything that looks out of place Desensitization- gradually introduce horses to items until they no longer perceive them as a threat Startle easily, strong flight instinct  Perceive danger first instinct is to run away  If unable to run, kicking out or rearing occurs
  5. 5. New Employee New Hire Orientation Health and Safety Guidelines gone over and demonstrated Hands on Training and Overseeing Working around horses safely and competently
  6. 6. Working around horse Pay attention to the position of the ears  Very good hearing  Express emotional state Be aware of there blind spots  Right in front of nose and directly behind them
  7. 7. What Ears Tell Us Alert – ears pricked forward head up eyes wide nostrils flared and muscles tense Attentive – ears flicking back and forth Angry – ears pinned back flat against head, bared teeth and tight pinched look around mouth and nostrils, tail swishing, legs lifted Frightened – Head up, whites of eyes visible, tail wringing Relaxed – Head and neck low, ears to the side, eyes calm, mouth relaxed, lower lip may droop
  8. 8. Proper Attire Well fitted clothing, nothing baggy, draping, or loose Work gloves to avoid splinters, blisters, rope burn When riding a helmet is NECESSARY Avoid Dangling earrings and other jewelry Wear sturdy shoes or recognized riding boots  SANDALS AND FLIPFLOPS NOT APPROPRIATE
  10. 10. Approaching a Horse Avoid coming up to a horse in their blind spots Approach from the side or at an angle so they can see you coming Talk to the horse If the horse is in an enclosed area, wait for the horse to turn around and face you before approaching Pay attention to the horses demeanor As you approach the horse put a hand on his body so that he can keep track of where your at Make movements that are smooth and deliberate Act confident
  11. 11. INCORRECT CORRECT(never stand behind a horse (always approach from the front without him knowing) of the horse)
  12. 12. Leading a Horse Secure horse with halter and lead rope  Make sure that the lead rope is not wrapped around your hand or dragging on the ground  Fold the lead rope to hold it properly and have two hands on it  ALWAYS use a lead rope never lead a horse around by the halter Stand on the left side facing forward positioned at the horses shoulder for control and safety Keep a foot in length between you and the horse and do not let the horse crowd, pull ahead, or lag behind you
  13. 13. INCORRECT(never wrap a lead rope around your arm) CORRECT
  14. 14. Stall Safety Be aware of your position when in an enclosed area so you do not get pinned When bringing a horse out of the stall:  always shut the door behind you when you walk in to put the halter on so the horse does not run out  make sure the horse is facing you When putting a horse away turn them around in the stall to face you by the door
  15. 15. INCORRECT(stall door not opened all the way and latch out CORRECT
  16. 16. Grooming a Horse Talk to him and keep your nearest hand on him so he knows where you are Keep your body close to the horses, but be mindful of where your feet are in relation to him Keep your feet parallel to the horses body to avoid being stepped on DO NOT pass under the horses neck DO NOT sit or kneel on the ground next to the horse, crouch down when it is necessary to reach something lower NEVER set your hand on the ground Be aware of their sensitive places, typically the belly and flanks but make sure to keep an eye on them as all horses have different areas that tickle them
  17. 17. INCORRECT(never place hands or kneel on ground next to horse) CORRECT
  18. 18. Barn Safety Cleanliness Fire Protection Organization Plan for emergency’s
  19. 19. Good Housekeeping Put equipment back in its proper place after use: roll up hoses, hang up shovels, etc Regularly check for protruding nails, splintered boards, and other sharp edges Store feed out of reach of horses and in an airtight rodent proof latching container Make sure all doors and gates are strong and working properly, if necessary add an extra latch or clip to keep horses secure and safe
  22. 22. Good Housekeeping Cont. Stalls and water buckets must be cleaned daily Designated areas for equipment and machinery List of emergency contact numbers
  24. 24. Fire Protection Equip barn with fire extinguishers, maintain regularly and enforce a no-smoking policy around the barn Keep floors clean: sweep up loose hay and debris that can create fire hazard Keep overhead area clear: knock down cobwebs, check light fixtures Store machinery and flammable substances a safe distance from barn Store Hay in a separate building: keep covered and well ventilated
  25. 25. Fire Protection Cont. Don’t overuse extension cords Keep electrical cords out of reach of horses Unplug cords when not in use Keep rodents under control; encase wiring so its rodent proof Have wiring inspected by a licensed electrician
  26. 26. INCORRECT(hanging of extension andplacement across ground CORRECT ~ Always have a fire extinguisher available and in working condition ~ Extension cords neatly wrapped and hung properly
  27. 27. Safe tack Make sure good condition and properly adjusted Tack must be regularly cleaned and conditioned Inspect your tack before each ride: if damaged get it repaired or replaced Always double check your girth
  28. 28. CLEAN TACK AFTER ~ CHECK GIRTH ~ EVERY USE (too loose in this)
  29. 29. Arena Safety Never walk through an arena without looking first in both directions Call “Gate” or announce your intention when entering an area Come into the center to speak with someone when others are riding in the arena Keep arena well ventilated and clear of hazards
  31. 31. CREDITS Alison Flury – AliBoo Farm Inc. Janet Flury – Safety Check Inc. Visit us online on Facebook at Stirrup Safety Lexa Smith – Reverse Prints Photography  239-810-0881