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Safety Basics
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  • DO wear safety equipment

  • DO expect the unexpected

  • DO give a wide clearance or keep hand on horse

  • DO move slowly

  • DO always watch the horse and be aware of surroundings 

  • DO talk to the horse

  • DO NOT use quick movements

  • DO NOT yell, scream, or make loud noises

  • DO NOT walk under the neck of the horse

  • DO NOT go under the belly of the horse


To safely approach a horse:

  • Speak to the horse even before you start walking up to them

  • Approach a horse from the side to avoid his or her blindspots

  • Touch his or her neck or should first where they can see you

  • Stay alert for the horse's movements and mood at all times

  • Make sure your body language is friendly—don't make loud noises or move too quickly

  • Keep a wide clearance, or keep a hand on the horse, the whole time you are with them

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When you're leading a horse:

  • Always use a rope tied to the halter (do not grab the halter itself)

  • Do not wrap the rope around your hand

  • Stay on their left side

  • Stay back at the shoulder in the safe zone

  • Turn the horse away (not towards) you when turning

  • Always watch the horse and environment

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Why You Should Groom a Horse

  • Safety (for rider and for horse)

  • Health of the horse by checking for:

    • Cuts

    • Swellings

    • Cracked Hooves

    • Burrs or debris in hair, mane, or tail

  • Appearance of the horse

  • Bonding time for rider and horse

What You Need to Groom a Horse

  1. Hoof Pick 

  2. Curry Comb

  3. Soft Brush

  4. Hard Brush

  5. Mane & Tail Comb or Brush 

  6. Grooming Cloth 

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