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Horse Safety

Being safe with horses is key for every equestrian. Learn how to keep you and your horse safe in the barn and during riding excursions with the Horse Illustrated archives. Our articles provide basic guidelines for safety while riding, ground handling, trail riding, trailering, showing, and in other horse situations. In addition, readers can learn more about barn safety since being safe at the barn and safe on the farm is of utmost important. Farms offer a lot of opportunities for mishaps and accidents, that is unless the proper precautions are taken to ensure all areas of the farm are safe for people and animals alike. New riders should always look for a safe barn to ride at so safety practices can be modeled, and the new rider can learn from example.

On March 25, 2024, The J. F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., hosted its highly anticipated third annual Equine Training in collaboration with the OC Fire Authority’s Urban Search & Rescue Team (US&R). This unique...
No one goes through life without making mistakes, and luckily for us, most errors have minor consequences. Even so, life with horses raises the bar because they are large, heavy, quick, easy to scare, and require a high level...
Severe thunderstorms with high winds, lightning, and hail are never any fun, but they often pass by without causing any significant damage. Still, there’s always the chance that they could cause a problem. The good news is there are...
Saddling up and going for a ride typically means riding across open fields or along designated horse trails. Nowadays, it’s much less common to see horses and their riders on a leisurely riding along a busy highway or road....
Riding in California’s wooded areas filled with towering oak trees and high sagebrush is one of my favorite things to do on horseback. Not only is this type of terrain beautiful and sweet-smelling, it’s also cooler in the oppressive...
The tried-and-true school horses spoil us. Have the bomb-proof, solid-citizen horses inadvertently taught us that it’s OK to skip some safety steps? If you’ve only been around well-trained horses, it’s easy to forget what can happen.You know what your...
Having your horse stolen right out of his paddock, get lost during a natural disaster or wander out through a broken fence are some of a horse owner’s worst nightmares. Making a bad situation even worse is locating your...
Besides not being able to talk, horses are flight animals and have an instinctual ability to hide pain. So, how do horses communicate pain?Obvious signs such as biting, bucking suddenly, not wanting to be saddled, reluctance to go forward...
In the ninth episode of The Horse Illustrated Episode of Horses in the Morning, sponsored by Title Sponsor Straight Arrow Products, hosts Glenn the Geek and Sarah Evers Conrad chat with Julie Atwood, founder of the HALTER Project, which...
Electric fencing remains a very popular and effective fence choice for many horse properties. And it’s for good reason: Electric fence is reasonably low-maintenance (no wooden rails to paint!) and typically does a fine job at keeping horses safely...
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