CHANGES ARE COMING: Breanna Lennon and pony Annie from the Yass Pony Club perform in a show-jumping competition in December 2016. Photo: Yass Pony ClubA new code of practice to reduce horse-related injuries and fatalities among novice and beginner horse riders in NSW was announced by SafeWork NSW on Friday, December 9.
The code, published as Code of Practice: Managing Risks when New or Inexperienced Riders or Handlers Interact with Horses in the Workplace, will take effect on February 1, 2017. It includes practical tools such as a checklist for riders and a checklist for horses, to evaluate the level and skill of the rider and to help assess the suitability of the horse for the activity being undertaken.
Common safety risks when working with horses addressed in the code include falling from a horse, incorrect use of riding equipment and tack, and a horse bolting or becoming agitated.
The development of the code follows extensive consultation with more than 100 individuals and industry groups, including the Pony Club Association of NSW (PCANSW).
Executive officer Kerren Britton said PCANSW welcomed the new code.
“Pony Club Association NSW have been involved in the consultation process from the development of the guide through to the current Code of Practice and have worked closely with Safework NSW on developing practical tools and checklists prior to those provided in the code.
“Pony Club Association NSW are proud of their low rate of horse-related injuries within NSW and believe that the code will be another tool for clubs to use along with Pony Club specific publications,” Ms Britton said.
Similarly, member for Goulburn Pru Goward praised the new code as being the first of its kind in Australia.
“The code aims to ensure that the temperament of the horse and the experience of the rider are matched,” Ms Goward said.
“Numerous businesses across the state offer horse-related activities and this Code will provide them with the practical tools they need to ensure they are complying with their obligations and doing everything they can to prevent injuries and fatalities.”
Of the 133 fatalities that occurred Australia-wide in 2000–14, 18 per cent involved people younger than 20 years old.
Ms Goward said the new code aims to reverse that statistic.
“The NSW Government is committed to improving safety for inexperienced and novice horse riders, such as those participating in pony clubs, at jackaroo and jillaroo schools and trail riding schools,” she said.
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