Planning

 

Activity plans

Also refer Part I – Core Standard. (page 12)

 

3.1 Routine Horse Trail Riding activity plans

Planning considerations should include but are not limited to:

  • safety of riders at all times
  • safety of horse and rider combination
  • an appropriate contingency plan for a horse and rider who prove to pose an unduly high risk to themselves, others and/or horses
  • how to maintain the welfare of the horses at all times
  • providing progressive and sequential skill development
  • the expected trail conditions
  • route and terrain specific hazards and risks.

 

The activity plan should address but is not limited to:

  • if a horse becomes lame
  • if a horse becomes loose
  • if a horse becomes loose and is disrupting other horses
  • if a loose horse heads home
  • management of the group (e.g. dismounting) when it needs to wait while an incident is addressed
  • if weather conditions impact horse behaviour
  • if a rider wants to return home immediately and not continue the ride
  • if the location/weather impacts the ability to continue the ride
  • if an uninjured rider does not want to get back on the horse after a fall
  • if a rider cannot physically get back on the horse without a mounting block
  • if a foreseeable emergency occurs (also see emergency management plan section)
  • general activity logistics

 

3.2 Advanced Horse Trail Riding activity plans

The advanced horse trail riding activity plan should address but is not limited to items listed for routine trail rides listed above.

Additional advance horse trail riding planning considerations should include but are not limited to:

  • the need for a support vehicle(s) or pack horses
  • the required navigation skills & equipment
  • the suitability of maps for navigation
  • the access available to the start and finish locations and throughout the activity
  • how to manage horse interactions when horses owned by participants are added to the group

 

 

Emergency management planning

Also refer Part I – Core Standard. (Pages 14 – 16)

3.3 Horse Trail Riding emergency management planning

A non-participating contact shall be used as part of the emergency management plan for all horse trail riding activities.

The emergency management plan shall address but is not limited to:

  • access by emergency services
  • a rider falls
  • an appropriate wait time after a person has fallen before being assessed as “uninjured” and allowed to remount
  • a horse dislodges rider
  • a horse is out of control of its rider
  • a loose horse heads home and other horses follow
  • a horse behaves dangerously and/or exhibits vices
  • a horse tries to roll
  • a horse has a fall or is stuck
  • any other relevant items identified in the Core Standard – Emergency Management Plan

 

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