We love horses and if you’re reading this, you probably do too. They’re beautiful, they’re intelligent and they’re generous, bringing so much happiness and joy to those of us lucky enough to have them in our lives.

But horses are also unpredictable, and accidents can happen in a split second, to any horse and any rider or handler.

This is why thinking about your safety around horses is so important, and not just when riding.

According to Equimed, there are five main causes of horse related injuries, including:

  • Lack of proper training of rider and/or horse.
  • Rider’s lack of understanding of the horse psyche and behaviour.
  • Lack of proper equipment and attire for horse and rider.
  • Inattention on part of rider or others around horses.
  • And a lack of preparation for unusual situations.

According to Michael Turner, M.B.B.S., FFSEM, M.D. – chief medical advisor to the British Horseracing Authority and currently serving as the medical director of the International Concussion And Head Injury Research Foundation – “Horsey people need to understand they have the highest rates of concussion, in any sport, anywhere in the world. Five riders sustain head injuries on a weekly basis and one out of nine people with a concussion must deal with permanent damages”.

Although most equestrian injuries take place while mounted, a significant number take place while on the ground and it is for these injuries that we are often unprepared and not wearing adequate safety gear.

Chances are that you know someone who’s been badly injured in an accident around horses while on the ground. Whether it’s an excited horse who bucks and lets his heels fly when being turned out in the field, a reluctant loader who proves too much to handle, or even a placid schoolmaster who gets a fright while tied up, incidents on the ground around horses happen all too frequently and are often totally unexpected and so unprepared for.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Equilibrium Products and Jason Webb from YourHorsemanship.com to help you think about safety on the ground – for you and your horse.

Key to your safety is wearing the right gear while handling horses – an up to standard riding helmet, gloves and good, non-slip and protective footwear. And for your horse, a good safety headcollar can help to prevent injury to the soft tissue and nerves on the face, poll and neck.

You can get loads of useful tips and techniques on how to improve your safety on the ground around horses by following on Facebook and Instagram and by following #safetyontheground. We’ve got some great stories to share and also have a competition coming up where you can win fantastic gear.

So, follow #safetyontheground, share our tips with your friends and stay safe around horses.