If you are following our boot camp series, you are working toward getting familiar with your riding facility, comfortable with your horse and instructor, as well as learning the nature of the horse (the why they do what they do sort of information). In the process of learning these things, your instructor should have started to familiarize you with the basic safety rules of working with horses on the ground.
We need to be safety conscious since we are dealing with animals that are big enough to hurt us without even trying. Let’s see what you have learned about safety thus far!
Sorry, nobody warned you that this boot camp included quizzes!
1. If you approach a horse to pet him, you should approach from what angle?
a) Straight in front
b) From the side
c) From the back
2. True/False: You should either walk very close to a horse when you go behind him or very far away from his hind legs.
3. While grooming a horse you need to make sure you are aware of what?
a) Yourself in relation to your horse’s body
b) The environment around you
c) Your instructor
D) All of the above
4. How should you hold a leadline?
a) Right hand close to the horses head, left-hand holds the end of the rope, with excess folded up.
b) Left hand close to the horses head, right-hand holds the end of the rope, with excess folded up.
c) Right hand close to the horses head, left-hand holds the end of the rope, with excess wrapped around your hand
d) Whatever you are most comfortable with
5. When picking a horses feet, you should stand in which direction?
a) Facing the horse’s hind end
b) Facing toward the horse’s shoulder
c) Facing toward the horses head
d) Whatever you are most comfortable with.
6. Horses are prey animals, which means when afraid they will do what?
a) Try to run away
b) Rear up
c) Fight for their life
d) Depends on the situation
7. You should wear what type of footwear in your lessons?
b) UGG boots
c) A boot with a heel
d) It doesn’t really matter.
8. When taking a horse in and out of the stall, you need to always make sure of what?
a) That the horse wants to go in the stall
b) That the horse walks through the door first
c) That the door is all the way open
d) That the door is all the way open and you walk through the doorway first
9. True/False: When your horse is tied up for grooming it is wearing its bridle.
10. When your horse is tied up on cross tied, to go around to the other side you should do what?
a) Go around the front, duck under the horse’s
d) B & C
These are all pretty basic things that I think in this stage of your journey you should know the answers to! Stay tuned for the answers and further points on horse safety!!!!