Posted by: rstor | December 22, 2014

Winter Riding Safety Tips from RS-tor

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Here at RS-tor, where horse riding safety is paramount we thought we would take a look at safety issues when horse riding to share helpful tips and advice to stay safe in the saddle this winter time.

Five Top Tips from RS-tor for Horse Riding Safety this Winter

1.) Firstly consider the equipment and clothing you use when riding and whether it is suitable. Even during a winters day the light can be dull and a change in light can make horse riders hard to see. Be safe and be seen first and foremost by wearing fluorescent and bright colours with reflective safety wear for you and your horse.

2.) Consider your position on the road whilst riding. Don’t tuck yourself into the road bends make yourself visible to oncoming traffic whilst holding your position on the road!

3.) It is essential for your own health to keep warm when riding. Wearing gloves to keep your hands warm and functioning as well as warm socks. Fully zip up coats so they don’t flap and present a safety issue. Of course making sure your warm is important but also your four legged friend doesn’t want to be cold either. A clipped out horse can get cold easily and a cold horse can get fidgety and agitated which can result in him prancing which could cause you to lose control, balance or end up in the road with cars! Use an exercise sheet on your horse’s quarters if safe to do so.

4.) Planning your ride is vital particularly over the winter months as you need to consider the amount to daylight you have. Light is lost faster in the winter months and horses can become on edge because of this as well as making it difficult to be seen by motorists. Often drivers don’t expect to see horses when it is becoming dusk so consider this when planning your ride. Always notify someone at your yard if you are planning to ride off site and always take your mobile phone in a secure pocket. Where possible try and ride out with a friend or family member and always use your RS-tor riding safety aid, offering you a handle on any situation and helping to keep you confident, secure and safe in the saddle.

5.) Ice and snow can make the ground very slippery. A horse falling can get seriously hurt, not to mention potentially causing severe injury to yourself if your horse falls over on slippery ground. Ice isn’t the only risk to horse riders over the winter months sometimes we have no option but to tackle muddy grass verges and wet fields during our rides. Snow can also look beautiful whilst riding out but it is important to note that it can hide dangers beneath it. Avoid riding over surfaces that could conceal danger below such as rabbit holes or logs and of course ice. Stick to paths and walkways which have been cleared you don’t want to risk injury to yourself or your horse!

There is no real reason we can’t hack our equines out in winter time as long as certain safety precautions are taken. So follow our top tips and happy riding this winter! Don’t forget to take you RS-tor Riding Safety Aid when hacking as this valuable safety device can keep you safe in the saddle if you horse does spook, buck or slip. To find out more about the RS-tor visit the website 




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