Safety

There are many things you can do to help ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others. Please read the following guidelines and familiarize yourself with them before you come out to hunt.

  • Helmet with harness is recommended for Adults and MANDATORY for juniors under 18.
  • Inspect your horse and equipment before mounting, giving special attention to your girth and curb chain. Safety is paramount.
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions.
  • Remember, controlling a horse is a knack, not strength.
  • Do not give your mount an opportunity to kick or bite another horse.
  • Known KICKERS should have a red ribbon tied in the tail to warn others of a potential kick (see Hunt Secretary for a ribbon). Horses with ribbons are asked to hunt in the back of the field. Please remember, any horse can kick when provoked. Continual tailgating or bumping may get you or your horse kicked. The proper warning that your horse is being provoked by the actions behind him is to place your arm horizontally across your back.
  • Do not crowd or ride too close behind another horse, especially at jumps.
  • Jump straight – a horse jumping at an angle, or swerving along the jump, can be a danger to others.
  • Do not ride away from the group. There may be serious hazards. Follow someone experienced.
  • Regularly, the staff or hounds will pass through the field. Please face your horse toward any hound coming through in order to minimize the possibility of the hound being kicked or stepped on.
  • Try to allow three lengths between horses at a jump. Should your horse refuse a jump, rather than delaying the field, permit the remainder of the field to jump prior to presenting your horse to the jump again.
  • Announce hazards to the rider behind you in a voice only loud enough for that person to hear. “Ware hole”, “Ware Wire” etc. is proper.