Wednesday October 27, 2021
Health & Safety

pony trailer

How NOT to leave your pony at the trailer!

Safety checklist

The following checklist is designed to help you to think about what you need to do and wear when riding, either at home, Pony Club or shows. Instructors will check tack etc. but if this can be done by the member and parent before the rally, it will make the tack check quicker and so increase riding time!

Hats – must be correctly fitted and fastened at all times when mounted, so as to prevent movement of the hat in the event of a fall. Hats must be of a minimum standard of which the higher safety protection is offered by PAS 015;1998, 2010 or 2011 and the Snell E2001. For more information please read through the link Hat Rule 2016

Body Protectors – compulsory for cross country and are recommended for Show Jumping

Medical Armbands – recommended to be worn at all times and must be for cross country. They MUST be worn on the arm.

Boots – standard riding or jodhpur boots with a fairly smooth thin sole and well –defined square cut heel to reduce the risk of a foot getting stuck in the stirrup in the event of a fall.

Stirrups – must have ¼ inch clearance on either side of the boot, again to prevent the foot getting stuck. Stirrups bars on the saddle must be open so that the leather can pull off if needed. Safety stirrups are recommended. If the ‘swan neck’design is used (not rubber), the bend must be to the front.

Tops – at rallies PC sweatshirt (not hoodies or tops with laces or tassles which can get caught) or shirts and tie and jacket. Long sleeves must be worn for cross country (reduces the risk of grazes in event of a fall)

Gloves are recommended to be worn at all times when mounted.

Jewellery – none is to be worn, except for wrist watch, tie pin or stock-pin worn horizontally. (earings etc. have caused injury)

Supervision of children – No member can be left without a designated adult at any PC event (except Camp).


Neck Strap – These must be worn to any Pony Club ridden activity, an old stirrup leather will do.

Stitching – Prior to every event, check all stitching on tack. Especially prone to rotting are that on stirrups, girths and girth straps.

Fit of Tack – Is the bit the correct size and adjusted correctly?

Is the saddle comfortable for the pony – it must not pinch or be too low on the withers.

At shows, any incorrectly fitting or unsafe tack found in the tack check, will prevent you from competing.

Is the girth too long? There should be at least 3 holes either side of the saddle left on the girth strap once the girth is tightened.

If in any doubt please do ask for advice


Do NOT leave any pony tied up unattended to a trailer or box. They can get caught on catches etc and can panic.

NEVER tie a pony up to trailer that is not hitched up to the towing vehicle, even if you are there. A pony is strong enough to move a trailer and the consequences could be terrible.

If you do tie a pony up when you present, ensure that the twine you use will snap in the event of a panic- the haylage twine especially is very thick and so pull the strands apart to make it thinner before use.

Keep gates CLOSED, vital to prevent ponies getting onto a road.

All venues are checked prior to rallies for safety but ground conditions etc. can change over night. At rallies parents can offer help to the instructor check the ground and fences on a XC course to move jumps for instance.