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Uneducated riders use many unsafe practices. Centaur
Rising, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, teaches all riders
the purpose of appropriate safety equestrian equipment: ATSM-approved
riding helmets, quick-release stirrups, appropriate attire,
tack that fits both horse and rider. We teach riders
to approach, halter, lead, groom, tack and mount a horse safely. We
teach them the use of their aids to control the horse “under
saddle”. We help them to understand when a horse
is about to become out of control. We teach them what
to do to regain control of the horse, thus further promoting
Horse abuse and neglect are closely related to the use of
unsafe horse handling. When a horse “acts up”,
riders become fearful and 1) get hurt, 2) withdraw – only
to perpetuate and perhaps escalate bad behavior, or 3) become
abusive – forcing the horse into submission. Depending
upon the temperament of the horse, the latter approach can
backfire, creating an even worse “outlaw” – or
it can create a horse with a broken spirit. This all
emanates from a lack of knowledge plus fear.
The use of safe horse handling practices maximizes a rider’s
long-term relationship with a horse. It minimizes the
likelihood of head injury and other horse-caused physical traumas. It
thus reduces the cost to society of caring for abused and
neglected horses and the cost of treatment and care of people
injured by horses.
Our Links page features websites on horse injury prevention.
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