SA Friends and Equines Inc was formed to offer people opportunities to spend time with their horses under non-competitive conditions. As a not for profit association, managed by a committee of volunteers, we keep attendance fees to a minimum for our Members, while ensuring that we don’t run at a loss. Our focus is on having fun with our horses and like-minded people, while staying safe, and we are always on the lookout for new things to try.
After a horse that was being walked in-hand decided that a road sign was a pony-eating monster from which he had to flee at high speed, I started thinking about what we could have done to prevent the incident. No horse or human was harmed during his adventure (although his handler needed a nice cup of tea and a wee bit of a lie down to regain her composure), but I was determined to do what I could to prevent it happening again… to anyone
Thinking cap was put on: first priority was to perform a risk assessment. We all know that spending time with horses is dangerous and can have catastrophic results. How to minimize the risk and proceed, rather than throwing our hands in the air and putting it all in the too hard basket? First find a suitable venue. I felt it was important that we were in the open air, to help overcome the hoodoo of leaving the perceived safety of an indoor. At the same time, we needed to be safely enclosed to prevent potential escape….read more