Horse Safety

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مُساهمة من طرف dr:sniper في الإثنين 06 أكتوبر 2008, 10:18 am

Horse Safety


When working around your horse keep in mind that their eyesight is different than ours and that they cannot see directly in front of their nose or directly behind their tail. Always stand close to the horse so you will not feel full impact of a kick or far back out of kicking range. Talking to your horse as you approach will help them focus on you as their handler and avoid startling them. Horses will kick out in fear, not because they are being malicious.
You should never crawl under a horse's belly. When working around a horse never kneel or sit on the ground near their feet. If they become startled they may step on you accidentally. You never want to leave a horse unattended if they are cross-tied in an aisle. You should always wear shoes with a hard sole; you should never wear open-toed shoes like sandals when working around horses. When working with your horse, move slowly, confidently, and talk to your horse so he is aware of where you are and what you are doing.

Catching Your Horse
1. When carrying your horse's halter, never allow the lead rope or halter to drag on the ground. You or your horse could trip over them.
2. As you approach your horse, say their name so they will acknowledge you. Most horses look forward to seeing their handlers and will approach if they know you are there.
3. Place the halter on the horse's head by pulling it over his nose first and then taking the crown piece over and around his ears. Buckle or snap the halter so that you can comfortably put your fist between your horse's jowl and the halter.
Leading Your Horse Safely
1. Always lead your horse from his left side. Stand between his neck and shoulder just under an arm's length away from him.
2. Hold the lead rope with your right hand under the snap attached to the halter and the remaining lead rope folded into your left hand.
3. Never coil or wrap the lead rope around your hands. If your horse spooks you could be dragged.
4. If your horse spooks or is nervous, talk to him quietly to reassure him.
5. Remember: you are in charge of keeping track of your feet. Your horse will not purposely step on your toes, but they cannot see your feet.
6. If you want your horse to walk, you should walk. To ask him to stop, say "whoa" and stop walking.
7. Always look where you want your horse to walk and not at the ground.
8. To pass a horse that is in cross-ties, wait for the other horse's handler to remove the cross-tie and move their horse over to allow enough space for you and your horse to walk safely by.
9. Never lead your horse under cross-ties.
10. Ask permission before leading your horse near a group of people.
Working Safely Around Your Horse
1. Always let the horse know what you intend to do.
2. Pet a horse by first placing your hand on his shoulder and neck. Do not pat the end of his nose.
3. Work around your horse from a position as near the shoulder as possible.
4. Always walk around the horse. Do not step over or under the lead rope or his neck.
5. Tie your horse far enough away from strange horses so they cannot fight.
6. Riders and attendants should not be loud or rowdy. Noise makes a horse jumpy and nervous both on the ground and under saddle.
Grooming Your Horse
Good grooming is essential to the health and appearance of all horses. Grooming cleans the hair and the pores of the skin. This results in a cleaner and healthier skin which is less likely to become infested with skin parasites. Good vigorous grooming massages the body muscles underneath the skin and thus improves their condition or fitness. Proper feeding must accompany regular grooming in order to present your horse looking his very best. While grooming your horse you should take note of any rubs, scratches, or wounds that may need medical attention. When you are finished grooming your horse should have a clean mane and tail and a shine to his coat.
Steps in Routine Grooming
1. With all brushes always keep your free hand on your horse so they know where you are. Talk to your horse when approaching his blind spots to avoid startling him. Never sit or kneel on the ground; instead, bend at your waist to brush his legs and belly.
2. Start your grooming with the rubber currycomb. Use this brush in a circular massaging motion on your horse's neck, shoulders, body, and rump. Never use the curry on the legs or head. Currying your horse will bring all the dirt and loose hair to the surface of the horse and will give the horse's muscles a massage. This helps prepare him for exercise and stimulates the growth of his coat.
3. Second, use the rubber mitt all over his body. Use this brush in the same circular motion as the curry. Most horses will allow you to use the rubber mitt on their face and legs. If your horse is more sensitive or nervous, do not try to brush his face except with a soft face brush. The rubber mitt should help remove any dirt or shavings from your horse's legs.
4. Third use the stiff (or hard) body brush. As with the curry you will not use this brush on your horse's legs or head. Use this brush starting at the top of the neck and brush in short strokes towards your horse's tail in the direction of the hair growth. You should see the dirt and hair flick off his coat.
5. Next you should use the finishing (or soft) brush. This brush can be used on your horse's head, legs, and body. Use this brush in the same motion as the hard brush. When you are done with the soft brush your horse's coat should look shiny and dirt free.
6. Now that your horse's body is clean, you need to clean out his feet with the hoof pick. Stand at your horse's shoulder (for front feet) and hip (for hind feet) facing his tail. Run your free hand down his leg and squeeze just above the fetlock. When your horse picks up his leg, gently hold his hoof with one hand and pick the dirt and debris with the hoof pick. Make sure to keep your feet clear of your horse's feet and do not wrap your fingers around his hoof. Always remove all dirt and rocks from your horse's feet to avoid infections and bruising. Allow your horse to put his leg down slowly when you are finished. Horses that slam their hooves down are more likely to step on your toes.
7. Last you should brush or pick out your horse's mane and tail. If your horse's tail is full of tangles or dirt, spray a conditioner or detangler in it to avoid ripping out his tail hair with the hairbrush. To remove knots use your fingers to separate the hairs and remove loose shavings. Finish by combing the mane and tail so it lies flat and smooth.

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