Standard Operating Procedures:
Beginner Trail Rides
As a result of many requests, the Horse Safety Australia SOPs for beginner trail rides are available here as a download. (Click on the ‘here’ word and you will have the link!)
There are many reasons for the way beginner trail rides are described through these SOPs. They are based on our Standards for Group Riding Programs, the AHIC Code of Practice and the accumulation of many years of experience of a large number of good operators. This is not to say that there are not other ways of running trail rides, however, we believe that the details in these SOPs cover general principles basic to all such activities involving beginner riders. Of course, appropriate horses, good weather and terrain, and most importantly informed, qualified and dedicated staff are fundamental parts of a safe and enjoyable experience on a horse.
Standards For Horseriding Programs
The Horse Safety Australia Standards for Group Riding Programs is available for download below
Standards for Group Riding Programs – Click to download PDF
Code of Conduct
A recommended Code of Conduct for our members can be downloaded below
Code of Conduct – Click to download PDF
Please note that where Horse Safety Australia mentions that riders must wear ASNZ3838 helmets OR EQUIVALENT this refers to the American helmets:ASTM F116.
NOTE: The EN1384 helmets are NOT all acceptable…read on below…..
Horse Safety Australia considers that ONLY the European “BS EN1384″ with this ‘Kitemark” (above) are acceptable . Standards Australia has stated that the monitoring processes for the (non kitemarked) EN1384 helmets are not equivalent to the Australian 3838 helmet requirements, so just the designation EN1384 alone is not considered enough by Horse Safety Australia. The extra certification is also recommended by the British Horse Society.