About

Horse Safety Australia Inc –

formerly the ‘Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education in Australia Inc’ (AHSE)
History
In 1992 the Association for Horsemanship, Safety and Education in Australia 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.

Accreditation

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 certification. They are not a training process, but officially they are assessment  only.
There are different levels covered at the clinic:
 The introductory instructor who  teaches the basics of walk, trot and canter (walk, jog and lope) to groups  and is working in an established business run by a more experienced horse person, covering  just the basics of how to manage a horse and communicate with it in a safe environment.   There is a great need in the industry for this level of instructor… i.e. this is primarily about working with beginners.
The general instructor  must be able to set up the safe environment and structure in which the ‘introductory instructors’ work, and also be able to assess horses for those new to equine activities and understand how to keep their clients safe.  They have a general understanding of horse skills and can communicate these effectively to their clients.
There is also the senior instructor level (minimum age is 25). In addition to the skills of those mentioned above, these people  teach more advanced/refined skills, often including the theoretical aspects pf communicating with horses. 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 certification for those running trail rides.
All of these levels  are available at most of our  clinics. The clinic title lets you know what the individual clinics cover.

Our clinics are linked to two units of Competency from the SIS10 Sport Fitness and Recreation Training Package delivered at the clinic and with Statements of Attainment provided by the private Registered Training Organisation: EATA, RTO no. 41482. The units involve some paperwork and practical assessments which are completed both prior to and during the clinic, and provide us with the evidence we need to demonstrate that you meet their requirements. These two units  are the prerequisites for all the teaching units in the recreational equine section of the training package:

  • SISOEQU001 Handle horses
  • SISOEQU010 Identify hazards, assess and  control  safety risks in horse handling and riding activities.
The clinics may show up that you have gaps in a subject… If that happens we find ways for you to fill those gaps after the clinic, normally with no extra fees from us…For example, if you we not current with your experience as an instructor and everything else is 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)

Site Accreditation

In addition to the program for the accreditation of instructors, Horse Safety Australia provides the opportunity for site accreditation for all types of horse businesses : with standards for safe fencing and facilities, clothing and footwear for horse riding/handling; 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).