Horse Safety Australia Inc -

formerly the Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education in Australia Inc (AHSE)


In 1992 the Association for Horsemanship, Safety and Education in Australia (Incorporated in 1997) was formed to foster higher standards of safety within
the horse industry, particularly relating to teaching horseriding to groups of beginners. Since then Horse Safety Australia has accredited  1800+
instructors in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, WA and South Australia.

The Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education originally obtained its structure from the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) in USA, using their materials, which had been developed over 45 years of experience in horseriding at camps. AHSE went on its own in 1997 and linked with the Australian vocational education system.

In 2006 AHSE changed its name to Horse Safety Australia.


What do our clinics involve?

The aims of Horse Safety Australia involve safety, fun and effective teaching of horse activities in all disciplines.

HSA clinics are designed as an opportunity for those already experienced in the industry to gain qualifications. They are not training, but an assessment process only.

There are different levels covered at the clinic: a general instructor who only teaches the basics of walk, trot and canter (walk, jog and lope), both to groups and 1:1. This covers just the fundamentals of how to manage a horse and communicate with it in a safe environment.  These people must be able to assess horses as suitable for those new to the experience and understand how to keep their riders safe.  There is a great need in the industry for this level of instructor… i.e. this is primarily about working with beginners.
There is also the senior instructor level (minimum age is 25) where you are teaching more advanced/refined skills, often including the theory side of things (eg a school program which has written work as well as riding). This is for those who run clinics or who work full time in teaching others across a broad spectrum, or who coach the more advanced riders. (If you are not ready for this at your first clinic, you can get the basic level then come back at a future clinic for 1-2 days at a reduced rate to show us how you can now work at the more advanced level.)
There is also a trail guide qualification for those running trail rides.
All or any of these are available at our general clinics.

We believe our instructors should know how to look after horses as  well as teach, as  they need to care for the horses in their programs. Also often their clients come to them with questions.   So participants also need to demonstrate that they know horse first aid (how to recognise the vital signs, common illnesses,  give an IM injection, etc.) and the practical side of managing horses: experience in worming, hoof care, feeding, rugging,  floating and all the usual things to do with owning horses.

The clinics may show us gaps in a subject… If that happens we find ways for participants to fill those gaps after the clinic with no extra fees from us…For example, if you we not current with your experience as an instructor and everything else was fine- i.e. we see you can teach, manage a group, you work safely, and fulfill all our requirements but just have not done a lot of this lately, we would just make you ‘provisional’ until you gained your current experience (e.g. you could teach some lessons at home or at a riding school and keep a log book as you practice and then send us the evidence so we could upgrade you to full instructor ….)

HSA qualifications are mentioned in the Safe Work Australia Guide, the Australian Horse Industry Council and education departments guidelines for school activities,  Adventure Activity Standards for Trail Riding  and are linked to SIS10 Sport Fitness and Recreation Training Package

Horse Safety Australia clinics include units from the SIS10 Sport, Fitness and  Recreation Training Package audited and authorised by the Australian Skills Quality Authority.
(The clinic process includes obtaining status in some key units related to instructing riding and taking trail rides, through the private RTO: Sport SA )


Site Accreditation

In addition to the program for the accreditation of instructors, Horse Safety Australia provides the opportunity for site accreditation : with standards for safe fencing and facilities, clothing and footwear for horseriding; equipment standards, qualified staff, ratios of staff to students etc. The accreditation process is designed to meet the AHIC Code HorseSafe and  Safe Work Australia’s ‘Guide to managing risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses’ as well as the NSW Code of Practice ” Managing risks when new or inexperienced riders or handlers interact with horses in the workplace’ (for those living in NSW).


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