Key points

  • Only trained and experienced people should ride horses for farm work.
  • Match riders to horses within their handling abilities.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a horse.
  • Always supervise children on/and around horses.
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This information sheet outlines the main risks of riding and working with horses and provides recommendations on how to eliminate, isolate and minimise them. WorkSafe New Zealand accepts these recommendations as current industry good practice. They will help you comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).

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Accepted Good Practice

Always work with calm, deliberate movements around horses. Nervous handlers make horses nervous, creating unsafe situations. When handling your horse, use physical contact and your voice, so it always knows where you are. Always understand the significance of the horse’s movements and its position in relation to you and its surroundings. Always supervise children on and around horses and make use of Personal Protective Equipment and ensure that it is well maintained and fit-for-purpose.