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“Guide for managing risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses…..”

In June 2014 Safe Work Australia released this Guide which details managing risks for inexperienced people around horses. It specifies what sorts of things we need to manage,  and where the dangers lie, and explains in detail that when working with people new to horses we need special skills. It states that people working in this area must have recognized qualifications relevant to teaching and supervising these activities. It mentions the Horse Safety Australia qualifications along with EA and others acknowledged in the industry. While it is directed at people who take money for doing this work, the guide will also be a useful tool for anyone helping people who are new to horses.


“Excel With Safety”

Horse Safety Australia is an organisation committed to improving the safety record of horse activities in Australia. We are doing this through a number of means:

  • qualifications for horse riding instructors, trainers, clinicians and trail guides
  • horse safety procedures: available to all
  • horse event management assistance
  • tips for safety around horses
  • endorsements of safety products related to horse riding and handling, and OHS issues around horses
  • tips to new riders on what to look for in a riding instructor/trainers/riding schools/trail riding operations

Horse Safety Australia Inc (formerly known as the Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education in Australia Inc) is a not for profit Incorporated Association.

Our first priority is to help you improve the safety and quality of your horse activity. Our resources are available to any individual or group sharing our commitment to improving the safety and quality of horse related programs.

Horse Safety Australia has been the leader in setting safety standards for the industry.

Horse Safety Australia certification is recognised by the Safe Work Australia, the Education Departments in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria and by the Australian Horse Industry Council, and our qualifications are linked to the SIS10 Sport, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Training Package through a private Registered Training Organisation

Instructor Qualifications

Horseriding Instructors (ALL TYPES: English/Western/Natural Horsemanship)

Trail Guides

Qualifications to run horsemanship clinics for Trainers and Clinicians

Do you want qualifications which recognise your horse riding instructing (trail guide) experience ?

See the “Clinics” section for information on a  nationally recognised  qualification which acknowledges your background working with horses and people. These workshops (clinics), involve a skills recognition process, and cover risk management, communication skills and concentrate on safety; and are regularly run throughout Australia.


Emergency Planning Tool can be found here:  Emergency Planning Tack Box

The Queensland Horse Council has put out a useful DVD   which provides help and advice on planning for emergencies.

Horse Welfare and Wellbeing Toolkit can be found here:  “Horse Welfare Toolkit”

This is a useful resource when you are thinking about hot weather policies and biosecurity issues for horses, especially if you are running events. And don’t forget the wellbeing of your humans too!


A comprehensive fact sheet on Hendra can be found on the Queensland Horse Council’s website. Look under horse health and find the fact sheet: “Hendra Virus: Reducing the Risk”

Click here for the Hendra Virus fact sheet or visit the Queensland Horse Council website for lots of useful information.

This site includes symptoms of a sick horse and other helpful information

Their Fact Sheet “Bats and Trees” is also helpful in showing the tell tale signs that you have bats in your area, as well as listing what trees attract them, what you can plant that will not encourage them onto your property.

There is also an interesting  series of short film clips on youtube explaining all about the Hendra vaccine for horses, which you can access here:  Hendra Vaccine

Biosecurity  information  here:    Bio security toolkit

There is also a really good bio-security toolbox with some helpful resources about keeping yourself and your staff and horses safe which has been put out by the Australian Horse Industry Council.

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