Proper Attire for Working with Horses

Proper Attire for Working with Horses


Spending time with horses can be an
enjoyable experience. Some horse enthusiasts make a living through riding
and training horses while most simply enjoy leisure time with them.
In either case proper attire for the handler is a must in order to prevent or
lessen the risk of injury. In this module we’ll discuss proper attire needed by
both horse handler and rider in order to reduce chances of injury. Most
recreational horses are docile and gentle but all horses should be
considered for what they are, large animals. They react with a
fight-or-flight mentality. With this in mind it may be very easy to see how
wearing the proper footwear is essential when handling horses. Leather boots
provide fairly good protection from the likelihood of a horse stepping on a toe
of a person. If this should happen a cowboy boot or work boot usually prevent
serious injury open-toed shoes such as flip-flops or sandals or even soft shoes
such as athletic shoes should never be worn in a horse barn. To complement these concerns, boots with heels should always be the choice for horse riders. Once the
rider has placed his foot in the stirrup the heel of the boot prevents the
rider’s foot from moving forward through the stirrup and becoming hung. A shoe
without a heel could slip through the stirrup leading to serious injury. In
addition to proper footwear long pants, such as jeans or riding breeches, should
always be worn when working around horses especially when riding. Long pants
keep the riders legs protected from saddle pinching or rubbing caused by
coarse saddle leather. Not to mention, many barns and horsemen consider proper attire essential to promote professionalism. Although there are no
laws or regulations requiring it, all equestrians should carefully consider
wearing a riding helmet. An equestrian riding helmet can be a piece of riding
attire that greatly reduces risk of injury when riding horses. Serious
injuries such as concussions or brain injury can be a
avoided through choosing to wear a helmet. Many brands colors and styles are available on the market, however when choosing a helmet it is imperative that
one makes sure that it is approved to the American Society for testing and
materials and safety equipment Institute otherwise known as ASTMSEI bicycle
helmets are not made with the same standards required for helmets for
riding so do not use bike riding helmets for horseback riding. Make sure that the
helmet you purchase has the ASTMSEI certification. Not wearing a helmet or
wearing one that fits improperly are factors associated with most head
injuries. A helmet should fit the riders head comfortably but when moved by the
wearer it should cause the scalp to move with the helmet. When using a helmet
always ride with the chin or throat strap secured and tighten enough so that
the helmet does not come off. Riding and working with horses can be
extremely employable but proper practices should be taken in order to
reduce and lessen the chances of injury. Remember, whether you are beginner or an experienced horse person, proper for safety practices are essential.

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