Never ride a horse in the barn aisle, whether at home or away at a show, and never mount a horse beneath the underhang of a building. One of the biggest perils is that if the horse goes up, the rider can hit their head and damage their spine. Of course, there are other potential dangers as well, such as insecure footing or the likelihood that someone could come around a corner or pop out of a stall without warning. An aisle, whether with a low ceiling or not, is just too confined a space to expect a horse to easily avoid hazards such as the fan just visible at the top of our picture.
A barn aisle isn’t the place to be atop your horse.