Horse trail riding glossary

Advanced rides: trail rides which are of longer duration including overnight or multi-day, operate at a greater distance away from an established base of operation, may travel in untracked or remote areas, may include horses provided by participants and may use pack horses or support vehicles to carry equipment and supplies. Participants general have greater knowledge and skill in interacting with horses than an inexperienced rider.

Camping: the use of a temporary site for overnight camping.

Equine: refers to horses and any activities involving interacting with horses when riding, handling or caring for them.

Flash flooding: is flooding in a localised area with a rapid onset, usually as the result of relatively short intense bursts of rainfall.

Handling: any activity involving interacting with a horse where the participant is not riding. Includes such things as catching, leading, holding, grooming, tacking up, un-tacking and providing health care.

Horse: refers to horse, pony, mule, donkey and other equines.

Horse trail ride: organised recreational horseback riding where dependent participants are lead as a group, outside of small enclosed areas and through varying environments.

Interact/interacting: is when a person is near a horse and can include being in close proximity, such as when handling, loading, riding or entering a paddock or place where horses are kept.

Inexperienced: where a rider or handler has no or minimal knowledge or skill gained from interacting with horses. (All persons interacting with horses [shall] initially be considered inexperienced until a full assessment of their abilities has been conducted.)

Routine rides: Horse trail rides which are of short duration (1-2 hours), following set tracks that are close to an established base of operation and use horses provided by the operators. Participants are generally inexperienced riders.

Tack: a piece of equipment or accessory used on a horse and includes such items as saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, lead ropes, bits, harnesses and breastplates.

Suitable horse: a horse that matches the task expected of it and the competence of the person required to interact with it.


Also refer terms and definitions from Part I – Core Standard. (Pages 46-49)

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