Horse riding

Safety – be prepared

First aid kits for horse and rider should be taken on all trips.

As many members of a party as possible should be trained in first aid and have basic veterinary first aid skills.

The use of riding helmets is encouraged, particularly for children. Helmets must be available as part of any commercial horse riding tour.

Check all saddlery equipment prior to commencing a trip to ensure there are no faults and that appropriate safety gear is present; e.g. surcingles on stock saddles, breast plates and cruppers for rugged country.

Take spare ropes, horse shoes and shoeing gear.

Some other items of equipment which are essential on any bush trip are:

  • matches
  • torch
  • water
  • space blanket
  • ample food
  • compass
  • topographic map
  • raincoat
  • horse bandages
  • plastic bag for rubbish.

Let someone know before you go – tell a friend your route and expected time of return.

If an emergency develops, one or preferably two riders should go for help whilst the others stay with the injured or ill person. Keep the patient warm and monitor their condition.