Wednesday October 24, 2018
Health & Safety

Health and safety guidance for parents 2018

Please read this and find out how to help your child ride safely.

Hats –

Please see hat tab on the website for details, you will need to have your hat checked and obtain a tag from Alison Williams.

Dress –

For all pony club activities the children should wear :

A riding jacket or branch sweatshirt

Plain jodhpurs

Plain coloured shirtwith a collar and pony club tie

Standard riding boots or jodhpur boots with a fairly smooth thin sole and well defined square cut heel. (To stop feet getting caught in the stirrups if a fall occurs).

Plain black or brown half chaps with Jodhpur boots of the same colour, (no tassels or fringes).

For cross country, a pony club xc shirt is permitted instead of the sweatshirt/jacket.

Stirrups –

These need to be the correct size to suit the boots with ¼’’ clearance on eitherside of the boot.

Jewellery –

For your child’s safety no jewellery please, other than a wrist watch, or a tie clip/stock pin. It

is recommended stock pins are not worn cross country. No member will be allowed to ride

with earrings in, even sleepers as these can still get caught.

So plan carefully if thinking of piercing your ears please!! (Or anywhere else!).


Body protectors

These are not compulsory, except for cross country riding and Pony racing. For other activities the decision to use one is the responsibility of the members and their parents/guardians. It is recommended that a rider’s body protector should not be more than 2% of their body weight. When worn they must fit correctly, be comfortable and not restrict movement.

Level 2 body protectors are designed to provide a level of protection considered appropriate for use in low risk situations. This does not include riding on roads or other hard surfaces and when riding young/excitable horses.

Level 3 are designed to provide a level of protection that is considered appropriate for normal riding including competitions.

Riders wearing a Woof Wear body cage EXO must lodge a key with the event organiser/co-ordinator.


Air jackets –

When air jackets inflate the sudden noise can startle horses in the immediate vicinity thereby causing difficulties for other members of a ride if in a group in a confined area such as an indoor school, so they are not recommended for group rides. If a rider chooses to wear an air jacket it must be in conjunction with a normal body protector. Parents and members must be aware that they can continue to ride after a fall but the jacket must be fully deflated or removed before continuing, when the normal body protector will continue to provide protection. Air jackets must not be worn under a jacket and number bibs must be loose or elasticated.

Medical armbands –

Medical Armbands are no longer compulsory if an adult is present except for pony races and endurance riding.

Accidents –

In the event of any accident, whether mounted or not ,  please report to the co-ordinator immediately who can advise regarding first aid if necessary and record the details where any injury has occurred.

Insurance –

Please refer to the link below, where details of your cover can be found. It is strongly advised

that you read the information carefully.

First Aid Courses

Area 9 First Aid Courses

Safeguarding online course £20 for those who have already done a face to face course in the last 3 years 

We are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new online resource designed specifically for equestrians to assist them in meeting their safeguarding responsibilities.

This ‘Child Protection for Equestrians – Refresher’ course has been developed by child protection experts at the in association with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF). This online training course is in line with the latest government guidance including Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 and BEF Child Protection Policy & Duty of Care Guidelines. The course is specifically for those who have completed a face-to-face Safeguarding & Protecting Children Workshop in the previous 3 years.


The training course covers types of abuse, how to identify concerns, relevant legislation and guidance, child protection policies and procedures, how to handle allegations and complaints, and what to do if you have a concern about a child or vulnerable adult’s safety and welfare.


The course can be paused, stopped and restarted at any time, to allow you to take the course at the pace and time that suits you, and can be retaken as many times as is needed to pass the final assessment, at no extra cost. The course takes around two-three hours to complete, and at the end of the course you will receive a personalised certificate valid for 3 years and access to useful downloads and references. The course content and associated downloads remain accessible to you for the duration of your certificate, so you can refer back or refresh your knowledge at any time.


The course costs £20 per person, and you will be issued login details within seven days of enrolling. Please note that you cannot enrol for this online course unless you have completed a face-to-face Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshop within the past three years. It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure they have completed the relevant course before enrolling for the online course.


To enrol for the Child Protection for Equestrians – Refresher course, please click here: