How to Keep Yourself Safe During
an Equine Therapy Session
Horses can be unpredictable during a therapy session. Sometimes they can react in a way that might even be a
little out of character for them. Keeping theses tips in mind during an equine therapy session will help to keep
you safe. Please take a few minutes to read through this list.
Be aware of your horse - his body and his mood. (These
two are obviously in a good mood. Aren't they cute?)
Keep your feet far enough away from your horse's feet to
avoid being stepped on. It is easy to get involved in
working closely with your horse and forgetting this simple
Always and I mean always, keep your head and face out of the way and at a safe distance from your horse.
This is important when working around their head - they can suddenly jerk their head in response to something
you are doing and hit you in the face.
Also when working with legs - keep your head off to the side so it cannot be hit with a flying foot.
Wear clothing and boots that are suitable for
working with your horse. Just because you
aren't riding, don't get lazy about being safe.
You can get stepped on or bit just as easily
during a therapy sesson.
Short finger nails are preferred when applying
therapy. It feels better to the horse and helps
them to accept what you are doing.
Pay attention to all the feedback given by your horse. Believe them when they say something is too hard,
aggressive, or just bothers them. Be willing to use lighter pressure or change your technique.
Use a soothing tone of voice when working with your horse. It helps them to stay calm and relax.
Not talking to someone else while working is best,
but if you have to, try to still keep the majority of
your attention on the horse. They will feel the
difference. In my experience, a horse that thinks
you aren't paying attention to them during therapy
will be less cooperative.
Don't wear jewelry or heavy perfume.
Don't bother to work on your horse if you are in a bad mood, especially if it is because of them. Horses can
sense your energy. Trying to work on a horse when you are in the wrong frame of mind will not be productive.
And last but not least.....
Information presented is for educational purposes only and is not intended
to replace professional opinions or recommendations.
Consult your veterinarian for advice about any medical condition or
treatment needed for your horse