A quick safety check is worth it!!
Published 08-19-2011 12:31 PM | Fernanda Camargo
This post was written by Connie Jehlik, Instruction Services Director of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. For more information about USPC, visit www.ponyclub.org
The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. develops character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports.
During the 2011 Pony Clubs Festival we had 1117 Championship competitors, and for the Education Clinics (after Championships) we had 585 participants, 317 brought their own horses to the Kentucky Horse Park from around the country and participated in mounted clinics in Cross Country, Dressage, Show Jumping, Ground Training, Games, Polocrosse, and Foxhunting.
Prior to each scheduled riding time throughout each day, about 150 horses and ponies along with their rider had to swing by the horse management area in the barns for a quick safety check. This was an informal check but critical and something the riders are use to doing before mounted instruction.
Here is what we look for at a safety check:
· Helmet fit
· Rider is wearing a medical arm band
· Girth is snug and we remind them to check it.
· Overall fit of tack looks correct.
· Overall fit of boots or wraps on the horse look correct.
· Quick look at stress points, especially stirrup leathers, girth webbing etc.
· Quick look at horse and that he/she looks good to go!
Many times the rider forgets something or puts a new piece of tack on and doesn’t know if it fits correctly or in cleaning their tack accidentally puts the bit on upside down or crosses the noseband over the cheek pieces.
The safety check teaches Pony Club members to remember to check these items each time they ride and to also help others, especially younger members learning how to be safe and aware of their equipment.
Check out our website for more pictures of Festival and information www.ponyclub.org