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Safety Tips

Each edition of the Riding Safely newsletter adds a new "Safety Tip".      
Check out the latest and previous tips in this section.
November & December 2005
We may not have escaped the cold weather yet so make sure that you identify the location of all the stop cocks/valves inside your premises as well as the main incoming valve - just in case you get that burst pipe.... But also ensure that you advise your staff (or anyone else who needs to know) of their location.  In the event that the worst happens and water freezes on the yard make sure you have a supply of salt.
August/September/October 2005
Remember, Remember the 5th of November – and beyond…

With Bonfire Night approaching, The British Horse Society is advising all horse owners on how to handle the dangers that can arise.

Fireworks can frighten even the most sensible horse. Therefore, the BHS has put together a checklist for owners:

        Look at local press and shops notice boards and listen to the radio to find out where the displays will be in your area.

        Decide whether to stable your horse or leave it in the field.

        If you know your animal will be stressed, talk to your vet about sedation or perhaps consider moving your horse for the night.

        It is often best to keep the horse in its normal routine so as not to stress the horse unnecessarily.

        If stabled, check thoroughly for anything that could cause potential injury such as protruding nails and string.

        If your horse is to stay in the field, check that fencing is not broken and that there are no foreign objects lying around.

        Some horses will be soothed by a radio playing calming music.

        Be aware of your own safety, a startled horse can be dangerous.

        Check if there will be a bonfire near your yard. If there is, make sure you have an emergency fire procedure in place. If you have any doubts, talk to your local fire safety officer.

        Make sure that you have adequate third party liability insurance. If your horse is frightened and escapes, causing an accident, then you could be held liable for compensation.


By being proactive in planning for fireworks and bonfire night, you can make the annual celebrations less stressful for you and your horse.

It is not just horse owners who need to be careful. People organising fireworks should also inform local horse owners. It is also a good idea not to let fireworks off anywhere near fields or farms.

Most people don't realise how much suffering fireworks cause to animals, particularly horses. Those who really want to have fireworks in their back garden should think carefully about how it will affect the local animals before they do so.

For further information, please contact the BHS Safety Department on 01926 707782 or d.Parkinson@bhs.org.uk mailto:d.Parkinson@bhs.org.uk


A leaflet containing information on how to protect cats & dogs and horses and ponies from the effects of fireworks is also available from The Blue Cross >>>


Find out more about the law relating to fireworks from the

 Department of Trade and Industry >>>

May/June/July 2005
Your Riding Hat needs you......
The protection offered by your riding hat may become seriously comprimised during summer weather.  Read the tip to find out what steps you can take to make sure it isn't......
Planning a journey by road for you and your Horse?
Getting caught in traffic or road works isn't much fun for you or your horse at any time, but particularly more so during summer.  Now help is at hand from the Highways Agency with Traffic England, a website that gives real time traffic information on all major routes (if you have time to check before you leave on your journey), but more importantly details of impending roadworks when planning your journey.
If possible take a charged mobile phone (and charger that can be used in your vehicle) in case you break down to summon help.
Get further tips on travelling your horse in hot weather from Horse & Hound >>>
Give me sunshine......
(this tip first appeared in July/August 2004 but continues to be important)
March/April 2005
(same as January/February 2005)
January/February 2005
Organising a show? The BSJA risk assessment may provide some help.
November/December 2004
Do your risk assessments reflect seasonal variations?
September/October 2004
Hats save lives......
but only if properly adjusted Read the tip >>>
July/August 2004
June 2004
Radios on yards  Read the tip >>>
May 2004
Have you adjusted your hat since you bought it?  Read the tip >>>

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