There’s a reason safety is such a big concern in the equine industry. There are countless ways to get injured on a horse farm. In an effort to improve safety for farm workers, specifically those working at Thoroughbred farms, the University of Kentucky College of Public Health recently published new safety guides targeted at that industry.
The result is Safety on the Farm: A bilingual guide in images for the Thoroughbred worker. The illustrated guide provides vocabulary in English and Spanish for horse and farm-related terms. It also shows some important safety measures, from how to correctly lead a horse to what to do in case of an emergency. The illustrations make the information easy to understand at a glance, and the bilingual wording makes communication easier in an industry that relies heavily on Latino workers.
While the materials were designed specifically with the Thoroughbred industry in mind, the vocabulary and safety practices could be applied to any type of equine operation or farm.
Additional materials produced from the safety study include research briefs on the study’s findings and a compilation of health and safety practices gleaned from interviews with farm managers. The materials are all available for free download at workersafetyandhealth.com.
Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. www.lesliepotterphoto.com