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Tips on riding skills and safety, what to keep in mind when visiting a stable, learn about horse sports.

Horseback Riding Safety

Practicing safe riding principles and good barn manners can lead to many years of happy, healthy riding enjoyment. Always ride under the supervision of an adult and wear the following:

ASTM International & Safety Equipment Institute (ASTM/SEI) Approved Riding Helmet

Sturdy Shoes Or Boots, Above the Ankle In Height, With a Hard Sole and 1” Heel

Long Pants, Jodphurs, Or Breeches

Riding Skills & Guides

trot diagonals

Posting Trot Diagonals

What is posting, how and when to post the trot.

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Riding Arena Etiquette

Horseback riding arena rules explained.

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horse single stride jump combination illustrated

Horse Jumping Explained

A visual guide of horse jumping.

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Horse Sports

Popular riding and driving sports explained.

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Learn About Horse Sports

Allpony Horse Sports Video Series

Allpony Horsemanship Video Series – Polo

Allpony Horsemanship Video Series – Polo

This polo instructor interview is our fifth video in a series of educational videos intended to teach children about different horse sports.
For the video series, I ask each horse sport instructor the same seven or eight questions in an interview format and then do a little hands on learning as a way to help to expose a whole new generation of kids to different horse sports in short informational videos.

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USEF Safe Sports

-- USEF logoUnited States Equestrian Federation (– USEF) serves as the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport and is dedicated to uniting the equestrian community, honoring achievement, and serving as guardians of equestrian sport. According to the — USEF website, since its inception in 1917, US Equestrian has been dedicated to pursuing excellence and promoting growth, all while providing and maintaining a safe and level playing field for both its equine and human athletes. The — USEF Safe Sports initiative has been developed to recognizing, reducing, & responding to misconduct and abuse in horse sports. As of Jan 1, 2019 every — USEF adult member (18 years of age or older) with a Competing Membership must complete — USEF’s Safe Sport Training. A criminal background screenings and Safe Sport Training are required in order to help:

  • Ensure a safe, secure, and fun environment for participants to compete and continue to develop and enhance their skills.
  • Provide parents and legal guardians with a sense of security for their children.
  • Prevent individuals with ill intentions from becoming involved with its programming.

Search for riding instructors within the — USEF Safe Sports Directory. The results show instructors that have successfully completed a criminal background screening and/or the Safe Sport training for equestrian sports.

Barn Etiquette

When You Go To The Stable

Most horseback riding barns have rules posted in order to keep everyone happy and safe. Riding can be dangerous and most stables will ask visitors to be mindful of the following:

  • You may be asked to sign a release form.
  • Always clean up after yourself and your horse.
  • Return all tack and stable supplies to the correct location.
  • No yelling or running while at the barn.
  • Always keep gates and stall doors closed and latched.
  • Don’t use tack or belongings that belong to other people unless you have their permission.
  • Respect the barn hours of operation.

Remember to have fun and be safe!

Riding Arena Etiquette

Need a refresher?

Learn more about polite behavior when riding with others, and play horsemanship learning games.

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