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Safety Know-How Test

Test your safety know-how with this true/false quiz from clinician and educator Clinton Anderson.

You know how to be safe around your horse, right? Are you willing to prove it? Then try your hand at my challenge quiz. Be careful, though, because I've designed these true/false questions specifically to make you think. As a savvy horse owner, that's something you should be doing all the time...thinking, troubleshooting, and applying common sense.

But you know that. So grab a pencil (or your mouse) and have a go at it, mate. You'll have a bit of fun, and reinforce your safety smarts in the bargain.

1. As long as your gear hasn't gotten soaked (as by rain), a thorough cleaning once every third month or so will keep it in good condition.  T / F

2. Even with a dead-broke horse, it's worth always taking the time to tie properly, with a quick-release knot or safe-tying ring. T / F

3. If your normally well-mannered horse suddenly pushes into your space while you're leading him back to his stall, ignore it. He's earned the right to "be a horse." T / F

4. You can reasonably expect a mature, experienced horse to stand quietly while you cinch him up quickly. T / F

5. Thorough, regular grooming will improve the texture and shine of your horse's hair coat. This is the single most important reason to make grooming a part of your daily regimen. T / F

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6. Horses have a blind spot directly in front of and directly behind them, so you must take extra care when working in or near these areas. T / F

7. For leading and tying, concrete can be a safe surface for horses. T / F

8. It's worth the effort to teach your horse to stand patiently in place while you mount up. T / F

9. Once you've checked carefully for the proper fit of a new saddle or bridle, you can rest easy going forward knowing your horse is comfortable in his new gear. T / F

10. After you've placed the saddle on the pad or blanket, it's OK to slide the whole thing back an inch or two if necessary to position it properly on your horse's back. T / F

11. The single most important thing you can do to stay safe in the saddle is to longe your horse before mounting to take the "fresh" out. T / F

12. There's more than one reason why your horse might refuse to do what you've asked of him. If you're sure that you're cueing him properly, then you should rule out a physical cause of his reluctance before proceeding with training. T / F

13. You should remain alert at all times while trail riding, and take extra care with even mundane things, such as handing an item to another rider. T / F

14. When your horse is disrespectful with you, you must let him know you're angry and displeased so he'll be able to tell that he's done something wrong. T / F

15.If, on a given day, your horse is "on the muscle" and hard to control while you're riding him in an arena, a good solution is to take him out on the trail, where a change of scenery will help him relax. T / F

16. Sneakers can be appropriate footwear for riding. T / F

17. If a horse is trying to run off with you, the best way to stop him is to use a strong take-and-release action on the reins, rather than a steady pull that he can brace against. T / F

18. Out on the trail, even well-acquainted horses shouldn't follow one another nose-to-tail. To guard against kicking, allow at least one horse-length distance between your horse's nose and the tail of the horse in front of you. T / F

19. If your horse gets antsy about being clipped, tie him up (safely!) before you begin to limit his moving about. T / F

20. A good way to build a friendship bond with your horse is to tuck treats into your pockets and the folds of your clothes, then let him search you to find his "rewards." T / F

Posted in Behavior, General Training, Grooming, Horse Care, How To, Riding & Training, Tack & Apparel, Tips, Trail Riding, Training, Western, Western Tack | Leave a comment

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