Horse Safety

By: McKenna Matsen & Emma Burkel


Even though horseback riding can be done in different ways, it all requires safety. Western and English are the two major styles of riding. They have different tack, apparel and skills needed to succeed. This poster will cover all the safety needed from Western to English.

General Safety

  • When feeding from your hand, hold your palm flat with thumb tucked away.
  • Before mounting check your Girth/Cinch before you ride.
  • Wear a riding hat if your not used to handling a pony.
  • Always look behind you when you pass another rider so you don't cut them off.

Western Riding Safety

On the Western saddle there are many different parts. One that most people believe is for safety is the saddle horn. Many people use it to hold onto, even though it's for dallying your reins. Another fact is that the stirrups are made from wood and plastic. They are then covered with leather and are used to keep you balanced and keep you from falling off. When saddling a horse always keep the girth, also called a cinch, on top of the saddle before you get it on the horse. This keeps it from hitting the horse. When you tighten the cinch, always make it comfortable for the horse, but make it tight enough so the saddle doesn't slip.

English Safety

The English saddle is made much different from the Western saddle. It is designed for you to sit back so you can have a smooth ride. The curve in the back is used to catch you when you sit during posting. It also helps you sit back better. On the English saddle pad there are straps to hook onto your saddle. This secures the saddle so it doesn't slid, slip, and to keep you in place. The English whip is for speed and control, never use it if your angry the horse may spook. The whip can also be used for discipline and is a required object in a dressage horse show.

Basic Horsemanship-Rider Position

Basic Horsemanship : Rider Position on a Horse

How to Relax your Horse after doing certain events with them

Techniques for Dressage or Eventing Horses

how to mount a horse

Basic Horsemanship : How to Mount a Horse

Parts of a Western Saddle




-Tie Strap Holder

-Front Ragging Dee

-Hobble Strap


-Stirrup Leather


-Tread Cover


-Billet Strap

-Seat Jockey


-Leather Rigging Guard

-Rear Rigging Dee


-Back Housing




Parts of an English Saddle



-Under Pommel


-Girth Straps

-Knee Rolls





grooming supplies

  • Body Brush(hard and soft)
  • Dandy Brush
  • Mane Comb
  • Water Brush
  • Sponges
  • Curry Comb
  • Hoof Pick
  • Face Brush
  • Tail Brush

poisonous plants

  • Ragwort
  • Acorns
  • Yew
  • Bracken
  • Hemlock
  • Tansy Ragwort
  • Johnsongrass/Sudan Grass
  • Locoweed
  • Oleander
  • Red Maple Trees
  • Water Hemlock
  • Yellow Star Thistle/Russian Knapweed

Riding Materials

Basic Materials Needed To Ride

-English or Western Saddle


-Leg Wraps or Some Kind of Protection for Your Horses Legs

-Bridle(with bit)


-Nose Band

-English or Western Saddle Pad


-Tie Down(Optional)

Safety Equipment for you

-Good Pair of Riding Boots

-Jeans or Breeches

-Comfy T-Shirt



-Riding Crop/Whip(optional)

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