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At Horse Safety Tips, we are all about helping riders of all skill levels ride as safely as possible.  You'll find tips about all kinds of stuff, from safety equipment and clothing to techniques and stories.  We hope you find this site informative.  Please reach out to us to tell us about your stories and if you have ideas or thoughts about safety.

October 8, 2021
Horse Safety in the Barn

Horse Safety in the barn is an often overlooked item. I recently moved to Colorado from Washington. While I was transitioning between the move from Washington and Colorado, our friends in Colorado agreed to take my horses until we found a place of our own. It was an incredibly generous offer and my friend made […]

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March 1, 2021
Safety Tips for Working with Horses

Be Prepared  I often talk about the “tools in your toolbox”.  What I am referring to is the knowledge and ability to help your horse through any situation that might arise, whether it is behavioral such as spooking or environmental such as them getting stuck in a fence.  A great example of this is your “emergency […]

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February 13, 2021
Safety and Feeding Horses

Do you have grumpy horses at feeding time? You’ve just bought beautiful hay for your beloved horse. You groom him or her, love them and as soon as you bring his feed, he pins his ears or even shakes his head at you in a threatening manner. Now why would he do that? Some horses […]

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February 4, 2021
Safety Gear and Keeping Your Gear Safe!

Reduce the risk of taking an unnecessary fall from your horse Keeping your tack clean and oiled is one of the most important things you can do to stay safe in the saddle. It’s a task that we may avoid but consider what happens if an essential piece of gear breaks while riding or driving […]

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January 28, 2021
What Should I Pack for Horseback Riding?

Heading out on a trail ride is fun for you and your horse. It’s a relaxing break from the monotony of riding in the arena and a fun way to explore nature. Whether you go for a short ride on nearby trails or head out on a multi-day horseback riding adventure, a little preparation is […]

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December 18, 2020
Safety Shorts: Barn Decorations

Safety Tips for Barnyard Decorations Christmas is coming and many people like to show their holiday cheer by decorating their homes and barnyards. Holiday decorations can be beautiful, but they can also be a health hazard for your horse. Here are a few tips to help keep your horse and barn safe for the holiday […]

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November 20, 2020
Safety Shorts: Loading and Unloading horses

Stay safe while loading and unloading your horse. It seems that horses either load easily or they don’t. I’ve had horses that climb the walls, paw, kick or pull back in the trailer. I usually try and find out ahead of time if a horse hauls well before loading them into my trailer. Another thing […]

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November 7, 2020
Safety Shorts: Be Safe When Approaching A Horse From Behind

Coming up on a horse can be a dangerous even if your horse isn’t aware of your presence. They cannot see directly behind and if you surprise them you may get yourself kicked. Obviously when working around horses the biggest concern is staying safe and not getting injured. Even a well-mannered, quiet horse can kick […]

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October 21, 2020
Practice Preparedness and Prevention – Resources on Barn Fire Prevention from Equine Guelph

Waiting until the wildfire approaches dangerously close is no time to draw up a disaster preparedness plan.  Learning the hazards of storing hay is too late after the barn is reduced to ashes and all is lost.  It is not a scenario that one fathoms will ever happen to them, until it does.  Equine Guelph’s […]

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October 14, 2020
Clean It Up! Equine Respiratory Safety

Environmental modifications are the top tip for protecting equine respiratory safety.             by Kim F Miller             The safety of the equine respiratory system has been a hot topic amidst the terrible fires throughout the West. Horse owners in and beyond the region have had a crash course in "particulate matter," "air quality index," "inflammatory […]

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August 8, 2020
Hidden Danger in the Woods ~ Bee Careful!

They’re very small, nearly invisible. They hide in tree stumps, in trees, near trails, even on or under the trail. If you’ve ever encountered bees on a trail ride it cannot only be terrifying, but dangerous. I’ve only run across bees twice on a trail ride. Both times could have been devastating. The first time […]

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July 19, 2020
Successful Rides Start With Groundwork

Smart riders do groundwork before getting in the saddle to make sure their horses are tuned in to them and using the thinking side of their brain. On average, during a routine training session, I’ll do 30 to 45 minutes of groundwork and then 45 minutes to an hour of riding. Once the horse is […]

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June 26, 2020
Cart Accident Leaves Deep Impression On Ever Driving Again

Driving horses seemed to be the perfect alternative to riding when my mare, April, became too lame to ride much. I myself, suffering from a hip injury decided it was the perfect thing to do until I could resolve the painful issue of mounting and dismounting. I had a miniature horse so decided to put […]

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June 4, 2020
What’s the Best Age to Start Horseback Riding Lessons?

For serious equestrians, riding horses is more than a casual sport or leisurely pastime. Riding is an art and a passion. Like other pursuits of this nature, horseback riding is not something you learn to do well in a few months—or even a few years.  Leading to an important question for parents - what's the […]

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May 28, 2020
Horse Saddle Safety - Guide for Beginners

Whether you are new to the equestrian world or an experienced veteran that has practically lived your life in a saddle, there are some things that must be remembered. Saddles are not something that can be skimped on and knowing what kind of saddle you need is one of the keys to success.  But what […]

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April 11, 2020
The Danger When Turning Horses Out

Springtime always makes me think of fresh grass and fresh horses. A little sunshine, a little taste of the luscious green Pacific Northwest grass, and the horses are feeling good! Perhaps feeling a little too good! The danger when turning horses out comes at the gate: Two things can happen; 1) Your horse rips away […]

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April 10, 2020
Q&A - Horse Injury from Nail on Post

How long after the injury did you administer first aid? I was away on a trip and the caretakers at the boarding facility didn’t notice it for two to three days according to the veterinarian (based on tissue damage) What caused the injury? A nail sticking out about an inch from a post on fencing […]

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April 4, 2020
Understanding Safety in the Horse-Human Relationship

Avoid an Accident by Gaining Knowledge Saddened by the loss of a 12-year-old barrel racer and heading into the busy lesson and clinic season, safety has been heavy on my mind. Becoming a parent brought a heightened awareness for my children’s safety with horses, as well as my own. This brought a screeching halt to […]

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March 29, 2020
The COVID-19 Dilemma

Information from a Veterinarian for Horse and Pet Owners COVID-19 is a term that has rapidly acquired worldwide recognition.  The seriousness of this highly contagious disease is inescapable.  The situation and information regarding COVID-19 is fast changing.  Below is recently collated information from three veterinary sources:  the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the American […]

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March 27, 2020
Consider the Safety Risks of Riding or Driving During This Epidemic

A letter from concerned reader. I was thinking about our sport, the virus and risk. Each and every one of us should dial back risk as much as possible right now. If you end up needing treatment your exposure to the virus and the chance of bringing it back to infect your family goes up […]

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January 23, 2020
Barn Design for Your Service Professionals and others

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with horse industry professionals about what they need to have in "your" barn when they come to you as a service provider. These professionals include your Veterinarian, Farrier, body worker, chiropractors or others. Often times when we build and design a barn our thoughts are about what "I" […]

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January 23, 2020
Ready or not – Are you Prepared?

How nice it would be if during a natural disaster or emergency, you casually walkout, hook up your truck and trailer, load your hay, supplements and all the other items on your checklist; walk to the barn, grab your halters, fly masks and equine identification; all your horses willingly walk into the trailer and you […]

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January 23, 2020
Safety and the Untrained Horse

Being around a green or untrained horse can be dangerous in a variety of situations. The goal of owning and riding your horse is to enjoy them. A difficult or unruly horse is no fun. Here are some tips to help you and others enjoy your horses to the fullest while staying safe. New to […]

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January 12, 2020
Danger in the Woods - Beware

Safety Considerations When Riding on the Trail As an avid trail rider I enjoy a peaceful, relaxing ride on some of the most beautiful trails the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Over the years I have learned some valuable lessons from my own experience but also from clinicians and instructors on the subject of trail […]

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January 6, 2020
Safety While Driving Horses

Photos and videos by Karen Pickering Learning to be safe while driving Disclaimer: I’m fairly new to driving. While I had a great instructor for my first few lessons, I’m not an experienced driver. Over the years I have driven draft teams but very little. These are observations based on the little experience that I’ve […]

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December 23, 2019
The Dangers of Riding Alone

It was a wet, rainy, windy winter day. I had decided to take my senior mare, Dawn, out for a trail ride at Les Hilde Trailhead. I had driven down for the day to my lot at Cowboy Campsite. When I started out it was cool but nice enough for a ride. I knew most […]

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December 13, 2019
Safety Considerations While Traveling with Horses

Be Prepared for a Safe Trip Whether driving a few miles to an event with your horse or planning a trip, there are some considerations before you begin your journey. In this day and age staying at home with your horse limits the experiences you can enjoy. From local competitions to horse camping with friends, […]

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December 11, 2019
Safety When Working Around Horses

Be prepared, not scared One of the most critical lessons I’ve learned in working with horses is to always be prepared for what could happen. Safety when working around horses should always be at the top of your mind. Horses are a flight animal; humans are prey animals. If we understand this, it’s a little […]

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November 15, 2019
Safety on the Trail – Be Prepared

A Trail Riding Horror Story Several years ago, I had planned a “send-off” ride for my best friend, “T”. She was moving to Tennessee, so I organized a group ride with some of our closest friends. Her mare, Rosie, hadn’t been ridden much since T was preparing for the move. Rosie was a spooky horse […]

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August 23, 2019
Horse Safety Vest

Horse safety vests are a good investment for any skill level, but especially for newer riders. These types of vests can't prevent a fall, but if you do, it will help protect your upper body from an impact.

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