Recently BHS Scotland ran a number of Safety events, again reminding us that a few common sense measurements may make all the difference when it matter most. So, this might be a good time to remind members to stay safe when out riding.  Go for it – it’s isi! 
Identification of rider and horse Here are some very basics things you can do to protect yourself and your horse:
  • carry ID on yourself
  • carry contract details on your horse (dog tag or luggage/key fob attached to the saddle)
  • display emergency contract details on your trailer or lorry
  • carry insurance details in your vehicle

Also check your hat for wear and tear and remember: the best make of hat is the one that fits your head properly.
Driving and Transporting 

Make sure that your vehicle is fit to pull the trailer, and remember to service your trailer (includes checking the floorboards) once a year. 
Do you know what to do in the event of a breakdown? You may want to consider joining one of these.
Horse Accidents 
Too horrible to contemplate? Maybe! But at least check out your own area, and encourage your fellow riders to report accidents to this website: www.horseaccidents.org.uk 
Any data collected here to help bring changes in the law in areas such as the Highway Code.  Common types of accidents are caused by:
  • traffic 
  • dog attacks
  • low flying aircraft/helicopters 
Cross drains!!!! 
Cross-drains are a commonly used versatile drainage feature used to shed water off a path or track. They are used in many environments including forestry, open hill and in and around buildings and animal handling facilities. The majority of cross drains are readily visible and pose no problem for horses. 
But – recently three accidents happened locally involving metal-lipped cross drains that trapped hooves and legs. These resulted in two degloving injuries from which equines recovered after long periods of recuperation, and one broken leg which resulted in a horse being euthanised. 
The BHS is very keen that riders record any incidents involving cross drains onwww.horseaccidents.org.uk and especially report the type of cross drain, and circumstances of where the incident occurred. However, it is very important to emphasise that under the law, it is always the riders’ responsibility to negotiate any obstacle – obvious or not - with care. 

For a full presentation on the issues above plus more visit:http://www.bhsscotland.org.uk/safety.html

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