A horse’s behavior should never be taken for granted since all horses can be unpredictable at times. This must be taken into account whenever handling horses at FEI events, e.g. in the stables, at horse inspections, loading and unloading from horseboxes.
Safety recommendations for handlers
Safety can never be fully guaranteed, but a few basic safety principles can help prevent incidents or at least minimize the severity of their outcome. These principles contribute to safety as much as any rule on safe equipment and riding. No matter how experienced, anyone handling horses must be aware of them, and apply them consistently.
1. Ensure that you are safely equipped
A sensible attire must be observed at all times:
In the interest of safety, if the Ground Jury is of the opinion that a horse handler is inappropriately dressed, the handler may be instructed to ask someone else to lead the horse unless suitable changes in attire can be made.
2. Ensure your safety as well as the safety of those around you
Safety recommendations for Organisers: creating a safe environment
Compliance to the rules on horse inspection and trot-ups is essential.
The FEI’s general regulatory requirements on athlete safety and welfare are set out in the FEI General Regulations.
Additional discipline-specific requirements may be found in the relevant Sports rules.
Anti-Doping matters are regulated in the FEI’s Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA).
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