Common dangers and safety issues during horse training
Horse riding and especially horse training for various races tend to be risky activity and impose both you and your horse to many potentially dangerous situations. Each of them may end with more or less serious injuries and therefore should be anticipated and prevented timely. Of course, there is a myriad of unexpected and awkward situations that you can never predict or prevent, but experienced horse trainers and riders are familiar with a list of the most common dangers and ways to handle them. Here are some of them.
Risks of close interactions with a horse
As tamable horses may be and loyal to their jockey or owner, these animals still have their intimate area and tend to feel threatened sometime. This usually happens when participants strange to the horse get in too close interaction with horse or when jockey, who didn’t take time to gain horse’s trust try to ride him. To prevent these risks, horse facilities and hippodromes should be built in such manner to prevent random participant getting too close to the horse. On the other hand, jockeys should get familiar with the horse’s typical behavior and reactions in various situations in order to avoid provoking them and forcing horse to react in self-defense. One of the most common mistakes of this kind is entering horse’s zone via his blind spots straight in front or behind them. To avoid it, approach the horse from his side.
Risks while mounting
Although most horse riders are worried about the mere ride, mounting and dismounting are actually equally critical moments carrying risks of injuries. The most common reason for this is horse running off before the jockey is at the saddle or at the ground. Physical injuries afflicted to jockey at this moment may be rather serious, especially if his foot gets stuck and the horse drags him. To avoid these dangers, keep light contact with horse’s mouth while mounting or dismounting and avoid delaying. When mounting, land in the saddle gently. Also, two common trick are applied here to avoid dangers. Pull horse’s head towards yourself slightly or apply pressure onto rein while mounting or dismounting.
Horse’s safety is your responsibility
The fact is that majority of unpredictable reactions while riding a horse come from the horse himself, but there are dangers and risks that are your responsibility to be prevented regarding safety of both of you. Be fully concentrated and aware of the track and environmental conditions while riding. If you spot obstacles that could injure the horse, you need to obtain full control over the ride and guide the horse away from the risks. Also, don’t neglect the importance of regular horse’s equipment maintenance. Slightly damaged equipment could lead to major damages and injuries of both of you.