This guide provides tips for safety around horses. Nothing is more important to Swingin’ D Horse Rescue than your safety and the safety of our horses. That’s why we require all new volunteers to go through basic training to ensure you’re comfortable before handling horses alone. Until you’re approved by Swingin’ D to work alone with horses, please only work with an experienced volunteer, or a member of Swingin’ D staff.
Horses are prey animals, which means their natural instinct is to always be on the lookout for predators. Horses value two things above all else: Their next meal, and survival. While typically docile, their size, speed and singular focus make them exceedingly dangerous. Always be aware of your proximity to a horse, and never take for granted your safety. Nothing is more dangerous than a horse trying to get to food.
To maintain safety around horses, think of them as giant toddlers. If there’s even the remotest possibility that they could get into something, they will get into it. Our horses are literally trouble magnets.
Approaching a Horse
Working Around Horses