www.myhorseuniversity.com is excited to welcome you to this  live web presentation featuring:  Dr. Betsy Greene University...
Reducing Risks on the  Horse Farm Dr. Betsy Greene Extension Equine Specialist
Overview <ul><li>The Facilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety for human/animal/environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Behav...
Overall Design <ul><li>Does </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Delivery traffic and parking area interfere with horse traffic </li></ul...
 
The General Concepts: Inside Your Barn <ul><li>Good ventilation and good airflow are crucial to your horses’ health </li><...
 
Ventilation <ul><li>Air In, Air Out, Minimal Drafts </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use windows that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Horses...
<ul><li>Ventilation Issues? </li></ul><ul><li>Best way to tell? </li></ul>
 
Ventilation in Different Horse Housing Types
Flooring <ul><li>Concrete/Asphalt: unforgiving </li></ul><ul><li>Clay: slippery when wet </li></ul><ul><li>Dirt: pawers be...
<ul><li>Human-Created Hazards </li></ul><ul><li>Wet Floor </li></ul>
<ul><li>Separate Feed Storage Away from Horse Access? </li></ul><ul><li>IS THE DOOR CLOSED!?! </li></ul>
What are these mats for, anyway??
 
Tack Room <ul><li>Have you ever heard anyone say that his or her tack room is too large? </li></ul><ul><li>Clean, clear ai...
 
Common Problems <ul><li>Only Building for Current Needs… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lacking Foresight for Future Growth  </li><...
Common Problems <ul><li>Ventilation for Water Heaters, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Sprinkler Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Publ...
Fire Suppression System UVM’s
<ul><li>Same Room! </li></ul><ul><li>Problem? </li></ul><ul><li>Inadequate Ventilation </li></ul>
Know where things are located Check them!
In Case of…
Accessible Records: Horse and Human
Horse & Human First Aid Kits
Safe Environment: <ul><li>Free of hazards  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>nails </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>barbed wire </li></ul></...
 
 
Pasture for Horses <ul><li>High quality </li></ul><ul><li>Properly fenced </li></ul><ul><li>Properly maintained </li></ul>...
 
Poor Pasture <ul><li>exercise area  </li></ul><ul><li>inadequate feed source </li></ul><ul><li>high potential for parasite...
 
 
 
Responsibilities <ul><li>To your horses </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbors </li></ul><ul><li>The environment </li></ul><ul><li>Cl...
 
 
North to South
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Preventing an Accident <ul><li>Provide a safe environment </li></ul><ul><li>Typical accidents waiting to happen </li></ul>...
Hazards <ul><li>Tying Considerations  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eye high, arm’s length </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adequate dis...
<ul><li>Distance between barn and arena </li></ul><ul><ul><li>beginners, horses, footing, traffic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>R...
What can we control? <ul><li>NOT the beginning rider! </li></ul><ul><li>Horse </li></ul><ul><li>Riding Area  </li></ul><ul...
The “Thinking Leader” <ul><li>doesn’t allow riding in potentially dangerous situations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>weather </li>...
Safety Priority <ul><li>People First </li></ul><ul><li>Horses Second </li></ul><ul><li>Everything else after that! </li></ul>
Dangerous Propensities <ul><li>The one bite rule: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>owner is liable if he/she knew or should have know...
<ul><li>Propensity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tendency to engage in unusual behavior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>blowing tra...
The Horses… <ul><li>Health Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UVM – Now…  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UConn – 1 year ago </li></u...
Quick Tips <ul><li>Quarantine (new or sick) </li></ul><ul><li>Enforce proper biosecurity methods  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No...
Resources <ul><li>University of Vermont </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self Guided Horse Facility Analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
www.myhorseuniversity.com Thank you for attending this live web presentation! For more information about  My Horse Univers...
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Reducing Risks On The Horse Farm (Greene)

  1. 1. www.myhorseuniversity.com is excited to welcome you to this live web presentation featuring: Dr. Betsy Greene University of Vermont Please note: This presentation is intended for users with high-speed internet connections. Unfortunately, we cannot offer support for dial-up users at this time.
  2. 2. Reducing Risks on the Horse Farm Dr. Betsy Greene Extension Equine Specialist
  3. 3. Overview <ul><li>The Facilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety for human/animal/environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Behavior </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Badly behaving…People?! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Healthy Horses… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recent issues </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Overall Design <ul><li>Does </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Delivery traffic and parking area interfere with horse traffic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Are all of your barn needs met? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the design appropriate for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weather conditions in your area </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. The General Concepts: Inside Your Barn <ul><li>Good ventilation and good airflow are crucial to your horses’ health </li></ul>
  6. 8. Ventilation <ul><li>Air In, Air Out, Minimal Drafts </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use windows that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Horses can get to/break </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>subject your horse to unrelenting sun in hot weather </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exhaust fans are a good investment in your horses’ health </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>Ventilation Issues? </li></ul><ul><li>Best way to tell? </li></ul>
  8. 11. Ventilation in Different Horse Housing Types
  9. 12. Flooring <ul><li>Concrete/Asphalt: unforgiving </li></ul><ul><li>Clay: slippery when wet </li></ul><ul><li>Dirt: pawers beware </li></ul><ul><li>Stone Dust/Gravel, etc… </li></ul><ul><li>Some helpers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rubber mats, stall mattresses, deep bedding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skid proof, yet “cleanable” </li></ul>
  10. 13. <ul><li>Human-Created Hazards </li></ul><ul><li>Wet Floor </li></ul>
  11. 14. <ul><li>Separate Feed Storage Away from Horse Access? </li></ul><ul><li>IS THE DOOR CLOSED!?! </li></ul>
  12. 15. What are these mats for, anyway??
  13. 17. Tack Room <ul><li>Have you ever heard anyone say that his or her tack room is too large? </li></ul><ul><li>Clean, clear aisles </li></ul><ul><li>Clean, clear work area and wash rack </li></ul>
  14. 19. Common Problems <ul><li>Only Building for Current Needs… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lacking Foresight for Future Growth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Water/Electricity/Utility Room/etc. Locations </li></ul><ul><li>Plans for Adequate Manure Storage </li></ul><ul><li>Underestimating “Empty” Storage Space Needed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. hay, shavings, manure, tack, tools </li></ul></ul>
  15. 20. Common Problems <ul><li>Ventilation for Water Heaters, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Sprinkler Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public vs. Private Stables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water Sources </li></ul></ul>
  16. 21. Fire Suppression System UVM’s
  17. 22. <ul><li>Same Room! </li></ul><ul><li>Problem? </li></ul><ul><li>Inadequate Ventilation </li></ul>
  18. 23. Know where things are located Check them!
  19. 24. In Case of…
  20. 25. Accessible Records: Horse and Human
  21. 26. Horse & Human First Aid Kits
  22. 27. Safe Environment: <ul><li>Free of hazards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>nails </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>barbed wire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>broken fences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>glass windows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>poisons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 30. Pasture for Horses <ul><li>High quality </li></ul><ul><li>Properly fenced </li></ul><ul><li>Properly maintained </li></ul><ul><li>low cost feed source </li></ul><ul><li>natural environment </li></ul>
  24. 32. Poor Pasture <ul><li>exercise area </li></ul><ul><li>inadequate feed source </li></ul><ul><li>high potential for parasites </li></ul><ul><li>mud problems </li></ul><ul><li>environmental problems </li></ul>
  25. 36. Responsibilities <ul><li>To your horses </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbors </li></ul><ul><li>The environment </li></ul><ul><li>Clients </li></ul>
  26. 39. North to South
  27. 48. Preventing an Accident <ul><li>Provide a safe environment </li></ul><ul><li>Typical accidents waiting to happen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tying areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slick surfaces in aisle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of supervision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack Instructor experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>i.e. Least experienced instructors teaching the beginner riders. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  28. 49. Hazards <ul><li>Tying Considerations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eye high, arm’s length </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adequate distance between horses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proper location </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Narrow aisles </li></ul>
  29. 50. <ul><li>Distance between barn and arena </li></ul><ul><ul><li>beginners, horses, footing, traffic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Riding Area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>surface, distractions, “hooks” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fencing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>posts on inside </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>high tensile wire fencing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>gates </li></ul></ul></ul>
  30. 51. What can we control? <ul><li>NOT the beginning rider! </li></ul><ul><li>Horse </li></ul><ul><li>Riding Area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>size, type, fencing, footing </li></ul></ul>
  31. 52. The “Thinking Leader” <ul><li>doesn’t allow riding in potentially dangerous situations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>weather </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>upset riders or horses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sore/lame/sick horses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>faulty, worn equipment, tack </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AFTER THE ACCIDENT IS TOO LATE! </li></ul></ul>
  32. 53. Safety Priority <ul><li>People First </li></ul><ul><li>Horses Second </li></ul><ul><li>Everything else after that! </li></ul>
  33. 54. Dangerous Propensities <ul><li>The one bite rule: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>owner is liable if he/she knew or should have known about vicious propensities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>domestic animals only </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strict Liability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>liability without a showing of fault on the part of the owner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>if you knew…or should have known </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… and failed to make reasonable or necessary care to prevent injuries caused by the horse… </li></ul></ul>
  34. 55. <ul><li>Propensity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tendency to engage in unusual behavior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>blowing trash bag “spook” is natural horse reaction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>abnormal tendency to bite, kick is not. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  35. 56. The Horses… <ul><li>Health Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UVM – Now… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UConn – 1 year ago </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Findlay - 2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CA, FL, DE, MD, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  36. 57. Quick Tips <ul><li>Quarantine (new or sick) </li></ul><ul><li>Enforce proper biosecurity methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No SHARING of anything </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treat/care for sick horse last </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disinfecting footwear, clothing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul></ul>
  37. 58. Resources <ul><li>University of Vermont </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self Guided Horse Facility Analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.joe.org/joe/2004december/tt5.shtml </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools for Promoting Biosecurity in Vermont’s Equine Community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.joe.org/joe/2005february/tt4.shtml </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.extension.org/horses </li></ul>
  38. 59. www.myhorseuniversity.com Thank you for attending this live web presentation! For more information about My Horse University and its online program, please visit us at www.myhorseuniversity.com email: [email_address] | phone: 517-353-3123 My Horse University is a national online program for horse enthusiasts based at Michigan State University in partnership with eXtension and EquiSearch .

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