Farm Horses

Follow this Safe Work Procedure when using horses for farm work.

What are the minimum operator requirements?

  • Rider must be under direct supervision until assessed as competent by the person in charge of the workplace.
  • Rider is to ride a horse matched to their ability.

What equipment do you need?

Riding helmet (AS/NZS 3838 minimum).

General Procedure

  • Approach the horse calmly and from a direction where they can see you.
  • Do not wrap equipment attached to your horse around your body.
  • Check tack/riding equipment condition before saddling up.
  • Check girth strap before mounting.
  • Use a mounting block or raised ground to mount if necessary.
  • Get off and walk the horse if terrain becomes difficult or steep.
  • One person per horse.
  • Do not jump a horse if in doubt of ability of either rider or horse.
  • Carry wire cutters if jumping fences.
  • Only ride on the road if the horse is used to traffic.
  • Wash your hands after you have finished handling the horse.

What are the risks?

  • Kicking
  • Crushing
  • Falls

Find out more

WorkSafe Good Practice Guidelines “Riding Horses on Farms”.