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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.

In many regions, summer is the time when snakes are the most active, although snake activity can pick up in the fall as temperatures start to drop and snakes come out for warm sunshine before their season of hibernation...
Summer and fall are fine times of year to get out of the arena and onto the trail for some new scenery. But some of the most interesting and exciting places to go horseback riding on the trail may...
Marvin the pony was a rare find, and his owners knew it. When young Lucas went for a ride, Marvin always brought him home safely. You’d never catch Marvin ducking and weaving around an arena as his rider held...
On August 12, 2017, Trina Ockenfels and her horse Tiger went on an average trail ride with a group of friends in Ionia State Recreation Area, which spans 4,500 acres. Unfortunately, their normal trail ride ended in tragedy when...
How one mother has instilled the importance of helmet wearing to her sons while horseback riding.Jen Robertson has been riding horses all her life. A well-versed equestrienne from riding Arabians and Quarter Horses to now competing and training in...
U.S. Equestrian is pleased to announce the kick-off of the USEF Helmet Research Safety Fund, a fundraising effort to further the safety of equestrian athletes across all breeds and disciplines. The fund will support further research into U.S. helmet...
While horse owners in East Texas and along the Louisiana's Gulf Coast are still reeling from Hurricane Laura's aftermath, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting that the 2020 hurricane season...
Inevitably there will come a time when your veterinarian will need to sedate your horse. It may be for a routine procedure, such as a dental float, or for something more critical, like suturing a deep gash or treating...
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that entire equestrian competitions and series have needed to be cancelled, boarding barns were forced to close due to lockdowns, and some horse owners found themselves out of work. While this devastated the equine...
Winter may not be primetime for riding, but even when cold temperatures feel never ending, show and trail season will come back around before you know it. It benefits both you and your horse to keep a little fitness...
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