Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Take care and be aware

If you’re going to be out and about on the roads this Spring and Summer please ensure you wear reflective clothing and you’re aware of the equine highway code. Before you take a horse on the road, you should:
  • Ensure all of your tack fits well and is well maintained
  • Make sure you can control the horse you are riding. 
  • Never ride a horse without both a saddle and bridle

Before riding off or turning, look behind you to make sure it is safe, then give a clear arm signal. When riding on the road, you should:

·     Keep to the left with both hands on the reins unless you are signalling
·     Keep both feet in the stirrups
·     Not carry another person
·     Not carry anything which might affect your balance or get tangled up with reins
·     Ride your horse near traffic only if you are confident that it will not be spooked.     Remember, large or noisy vehicles can often spook horses
·     Be aware of fast-moving vehicles on rural roads especially near crests of hills or bends
If you would like to make an osteopathic appointment for one of our team (Adam, Gareth or Grace) to treat your horse please give us a call and speak to Erin our Equine coordinator who will be happy to help. 01270 629933 
Stay safe and have a great Spring and Summer  

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