Everything about your safety in connection with horses
Foreword by Andrew McLean
Horse riding is one of the most dangerous of sports. Every year thousands of riders need medical care. Undoubtedly, a much larger number of riders experience accidents that do not require medical care but often with the result that they end up being afraid of horses. Most horses are generally very gentle animals but they are flight animals whose safest defence against danger is to flee as fast as possible. This reaction, which is almost a reflex, is very sensible under natural conditions. Under husbandry conditions, however, it constitutes a risk when handling and riding horses. One of the main reasons why so many accidents happen is that riders are unaware of the many dangers that exist when working with horses. Yet the subject of safety when riding and working around horses is sadly neglected. There is an urgent need for readily-available information on all aspects of equitation safety.
Jan Ladewig’s book fills that need. It covers such subjects as the basic principles of equitation safety; the behaviour of the horse in relation to safety; training the horse to be safe; first aid; action in case of fire; buying a horse from a safety point of view; working round horses; safety when riding; riding outdoors; riding problem horses; and transportation of horses.
‘Equitation Safety is arguably the most thorough safety examination of horse-human interactions available… This text should be compulsory for equine science, equine therapy as well as equestrian and pony club federations and coaching courses. If horse people followed the advice in this book, there would most certainly be far fewer injuries to both horses and people and there would be much happier horses and people too.’ – Andrew McLean
Jan Ladewig is a veterinarian from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark. After a few years in private practice, working with farm and companion animals and predominantly with horses, he received a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience and Animal Behaviour at the University of California, Davis, USA. He then worked as a research scientist at the Institute of Animal Husbandry and Animal Behaviour in Mariensee, Germany, before he became Professor of Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the Copenhagen University, Denmark. Since childhood, Jan has been an active rider, training and riding numerous horses. He is an Honorary Fellow of the International Society of Equitation Science. Today, Jan is retired but busy teaching his daughter to handle and to ride horses in a safe way.