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Induction Form

Working in and around horses should be fun and rewarding. However, as in all work, there are risks of which you must be aware and action you must take to reduce/avoid them.

Please read this document and then sign at the end to conform that you have read it.
Always ask if you are not sure about anything.

The main risks to yourself are: tripping; being kicked or bit by a horse; strain if lifting
too much; attempting something for which you have not been trained or have experience of.
The main risk to others is if a horse breaks loose and runs off.

To avoid shoes getting caught in stirrups, clothes disturbing horses: wear stout shoes/boots, with flat soles; no loose clothing; jodphurs or trousers suitable for riding; wear something reflective if riding is poor light.

Risk of getting dirty: wear clothing suitable for the weather as well as riding.

Risk of slipping – horse dropping/muck/equipment  on ground. Pick it up! Put it away!

When icy, take extra care, ask if salt/grit can be used from the containers on site.

We are in a Rural area so lighting is poor when dark. Take extra care, walk slowly. Torch available.

In hot weather, take regular breaks (ie before you feel too hot and tired) and drink regularly. Note: mains water is available in the Court Equestrian mini kitchen - door located on the rear elevation of the main house. Free tea and coffee and a microwave is available for employees, volunteer helpers, and work experience. Tea and coffee available via a vending machine for riders, carers, and spectators.

Wc's, with mains-water,  hand-wash basin are located in the passage from the stables office to the kitchen and in the courtyard of the main house entrance.

You always need permission to enter a stable, or handle a horse.

Entering stable: tie horse up with quick release knot.  Ask for demonstration of knot.

Handling horse – approach from front, slowly

Leading horse – always use a head collar or bridle. Always lead from left hand side.

Do not stand behind horse

Sudden moves/unusual items / loud noise can scare horses. No umbrellas on yard. Do not bring your dog on yard.

Parking area and drive – drive slowly and give way to horses. Be careful of cars moving in car park.

A tractor is used to move feed etc. The driver may have limited visibility and manoeuvrability.  Keep yourself and horses well out of the way.

Mounting horse. Use a mounting block, or take help from another person unless you are capable of mounting alone.

You must always wear a riding hat when on a horse, whether mounting, riding, or dismounting. Always fasten the hat. Hard hats are available to borrow; check with an Instructor to ensure fit is suitable.

Riders are recommended to obtain and use Body Protectors to protect against falls.

Only get a horse out of field under the supervision of a member of staff. Only Instructors/approved experienced riders can handle multiple horses.

When leaving drive on a horse: make sure the flashing light at the drive entrance is operated.

The lifting barrier on the path from the Green Stable block to the outdoor schools must be kept closed at all times when not in use. As soon as you have passed through, press the button to close the barrier. Do not leave it up.

Only feed horses under supervision and after you have been shown how to fill and tie up a hay net

Lifting bales –  bales are  too heavy for one person to carry. Use trolley or wheel barrow.

No smoking except in car park

Don’t feed horses tit bits

Report any possible problems eg lights not working, fence damaged, stable door not shutting.

In the event of fire:

   shout loudly to warn others,
   sound the rotary alarm.
   Make sure someone calls 999 immediately.
   If safe, release horses into adjacent field.
   If safe, use fight fire with fire extinguisher or water hose
BUT do not take any risks.

Always say if you are unsure of anything or if you are nervous of handling one of the horses.


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