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Are you running a horse business during Covid19?

Here is an overview which covers running horse related activities. It is a compilation of information from a variety of sources. We hope it is helpful for your business!
HSA gudelines for COVID 19 – horse activities 3-6-20
We are sorry that future Horse Safety Australia Clinics have been temporarily postponed due to the Corona Virus. As soon as we can, we will be up and running and will be organising our usual clinics in Qld, NSW, Vic and SA. The dates for 2020 general clinics -instructor and trail guide qualifications will be announced as soon as possible, but will  be subject to CoVid19 requirements for the safety of all involved. In the meantime we will provide a pre-clinic process which involves some paperwork you can complete while waiting for a clinic near you! More on this in the clinic section… or download the information here:  Starting clinic paperwork 2020
Fill in and return our Expression of Interest form if you just want us to let you know when the next clinics will  be on and we will also offer you the pre-clinic process for something to do while you are waiting if you are interested :      Expression of Interest in future clinics 2020

What is Horse Safety Australia?

Horse Safety Australia Inc is a national not  for profit organisation committed to improving the safety record of horse activities in Australia. We are doing this through a number of means:

  • accrediting horse riding instructors, trainers, clinicians and trail guides
  • developing and providing procedures which have human safety as their focus
  • tips for safety around horses
  • tips to new riders on what to look for in a riding instructor/trainers/riding schools/trail riding operations
  • working with government departments, council, schools and other groups and individuals to develop good procedures for interactions with horses
  • provision of expert reports linked to litigation and disputes

Our first priority is to help businesses improve the safety and quality of their horse activities. Many of our resources are available to individuals/ groups sharing our commitment to improving the safety and quality of horse programs.

Horse Safety Australia has been the leader in Australia in setting safety standards for the broader horse industry for many years.

Certification through Horse Safety Australia includes:

  •  Instructors (ALL TYPES of horse riding and horse handling: English/Western/Natural Horsemanship)
  • Trail Guides
  • Certification to run horsemanship clinics for Trainers and Clinicians

Do you want certifications which recognise your horse riding instructing experience ?
See the “Clinics” section for information on a  nationally recognised assessment process which acknowledges your background working with horses and people. These workshops (clinics), involve  cover risk management, communication skills and concentrate on safety; and are regularly run throughout Australia.

Horse Safety Australia accreditation is mentioned in  Safe Work Australia’s Guide to managing risks with horses (see below) , in the the Education Departments in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria guidelines for horse activities for school students (in some cases still using our old name: Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education), and in other significant guides to teaching or supervising people around horses.   HSA certifications are widely used in Australia including by those involved in private coaching, instructing at riding schools, trail riding, at residential campsites with  horse programs as well as by trainers who teach their clients as well as running and horse clinics open to the horse riding public.

CODES and Regulations

The most significant document in Australia for those working with beginner riders or handlers:  is Safe Work Australia’s  “Guide to managing risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses…”Download it here : Safe Work Australia’s Guide for working with those new to horses

ALSO….Now available is the new Safe Work NSW CODE  (for those in NSW) which can be found here: SW08262-Code-of-Practice-Managing-risks-when-new-or-inexperienced-riders-or-handlers-interact-with-horses-in-the-workplace ver pdf
TRAIL RIDING
(National) Adventure Activity Standards (includes trail riding among other outdoor activities)  now released and can be found here:Horse-Trail-Ride-GPG-V1.0
The Code of Conduct for (all) horse activities
“HorseSafe”
  developed in consultation with the whole horse industry in Australia (including HSA)  initially in 2003 then revised in 2009 is available for download here: AHIC Code of Practice revised 091009
HELMETS Are you buying a new Helmet? What are the new European standards? What should you look for? We are getting lots of calls about what helmet to buy, now that the EN 1384 is not being produced any more….
SUMMARY : THE BETA WEBSITE AND British Horse Society INFORMATION…THEY RECOMMEND:
  • Australian   AS/NZS 3838: 2006 onwards, provided they are SAI Global marked
  • British          PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 provided they are BSI Kitemarked or VG1 01.040: 2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
  • European – VG1 01.040: 2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
  • American   ASTM F1163: 2004a or 04a onwards provided they are marked SEI  or SNELL E2001
 What is the Benchmark or Kitemark?
This is a logo which demonstrates that this group of helmets is being monitored for quality. Without this logo there is no guarantee that the standards are being maintained throughout the production of this helmet…We buy helmets to protect our heads in an impact…there is not much point in having a helmet which looks good, was very expensive, but does not protect our head in an impact! So that is why we recommend only buying helmets with kitemarks/benchmarks/SEI/SNELL authorities which look like this:

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Resources
Horse Welfare and Wellbeing Toolkit can be found here:
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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!