AEA EQUESTRIAN INSURANCE SAFETY
Boarding, Training & Breeding Stables
2. All riding instruction must take place in an enclosed arena unless special purpose such as trail riding in which event trail ride regulations will apply.
3. All students must be offer protective headgear. Headgear is mandatory for hazardous equine riding activities such polo, hunter/jumper, vaulting, steeplechase, etc.
4. All riders will be equipped with riding boots, paddock shoes or foot wear with adequate heel for riding.
5. All students will sign AEA approved acknowledgment of risk form before taking lessons.
6. All tack and equipment must be in good condition and suited for discipline being taught.
1. Ponies should be at least 4 1/2 years old, trained, desensitized with a gentle disposition.
2. No stallions or mares in season can be used in pony ride operations.
3. All pony rides must be given in a fenced enclosure (portable corral or arena) capable of containing a full size horse. The most suitable portable fencing is welded pipe or gate panels. Fencing should be free from sharp edges or projections and all staking should be clearly marked with colored tape.
4. NO SEAT or RESTRAINT BELT ALLOWED.
5. Child must be provided with SEI ASTM Standard protective headgear.
6. A pony saddle must be used on a quiet, reliable animal. Saddles, tack, lead lines and equipment must be inspected constantly and be of durable, high quality construction.
7. It is not desirable to use reins and a bit for pony ride operations. Ponies are best led with a caveson or strong halter with an obedience chain over the nose. Side reins are not to be used.
8. Pony size is defined as 56" or less at the withers. Larger horse should not be used for pony rides.
9. Minimum child age is 3 years old but size will be determined by the individual operator using good judgment and common sense. The child should be capable of sitting in the saddle without support.
10. Only Staff members, not parents, must supervise each child while mounting, leading and dismounting from pony. Parents, Guardians or other care givers should not act as handlers or leaders of the pony rides.
11. Always check the girth for tightness with each rider.
2. Animals must be in fenced enclosure.
3. No large, exotic or dangerous animals.
4. Use DOG EXCLUSION and DISEASE EXCLUSION
5. Manure and soiled animal bedding should be removed from petting zoo area on a frequent periodic basis. Animal waste and waste removal tools should be stored in areas restricted from public access.
Wagon & Carriage Rides
1. Wagon / Hay rides will avoid streets and/or areas where public traffic is present. Wagons will come to a complete stop before crossing any road. Out walkers are required for crowd situations, parades, fairs or on city or town streets.
2. Wagons will have open sides, be equipped with running lights, reflectors, head lights and hydraulic brakes or other breaking system acceptable to AEA. Wagons will not be pulled by motorized vehicles.
3. Wagon drivers be at least age 21 years old, have a minimum of two year wagon team experience or fifty driving hours in preceding twelve months.
4. Wagons or sleighs with more than seven passengers must have one (1) qualified driver and one (1) qualified assistant. The driver will tend the horses while the assistant will be responsible for loading and unloading passengers. No smoking will be permitted on or near wagons.
5. Slow moving vehicle sign on rear of carriage or wagon.
6. Maintain a spare kit including halters, leads, and first aid kit for humans and horses.
7. Passengers are not allowed to be seated in an unattended vehicle. The drivers is always the first and last out of the wagon or carriage.
8. Do not allow people to stand in front of a horse hitched to a vehicle or in front of the vehicles wheels or runners.
9. Fasten your traces first and undo them last when hitching to and unhitching from a vehicle. Do not remove the bridle and reins from an equine while it is still hitched to the vehicle!
Trail Rides & Pack Trips
1. All tack and equipment must be inspected on a daily basis and repaired or replaced as necessary.
2. Every rider must read and sign a Release and Waiver of Liability agreement in the form prescribed by A.E.A.
3. EVERY RIDER MUST BE OFFERED PROTECTIVE HEAD GEAR. If a rider refuses to use headgear an Acknowledgment of offer and refusal must be signed by the rider.
4. All trail ride horses must be equipped with breast collars and children's saddles with full wrap bull-nosed Tapaderos. Saddles and tack must be well matched to the horse and rider. Split western reins must be tied.
5. A system to determine rider experience and capability must be in place. Overweight and young riders must be carefully screened by the stable manager for ability to safely ride. A mounting block should be available.
6. ALL TRAIL RIDES MUST BE GUIDED BY AN EXPERIENCED LEAD GUIDE / WRANGLER who is at least 18 years old. An optimum ratio of 6 riders to 1 guide should be maintained. It is strongly recommended that guides be provided with radios to communicate with the drag guide and the stable in case of emergency.
7. Walking rides only, no running or racing of horses. Trotting is permissible, on good footing, when all riders are capable and in agreement. Any guest rider violating ride safety rules or good trail etiquettemust dismount and walk to the stable .
8. No riders under 6 years old.
9. No riding double.
10. No horseback riding while wearing backpacks or carrying bulky items.
11. All riding instruction must be performed within an arena, on a docile, well trained lesson horse and the student must wear riding shoes and a hard hat.
12. All horses must be properly cared for, regularly exercised and generally well suited for use with novice riders. Sick, lame, undernourished or ill tempered horses will not be used for riding instruction, schooling or on trail rides.
13. Trails should be well maintained, regularly inspected and free of rubbish and surprises. Guides should avoid road traffic or congested areas.
14. The guides must explain elementary riding safety, including how to control a runaway horse, and also check to ensure that the rider is physically and mentally fit to ride a horse.
15. If a rider drops anything from a horse, the guide should pick it up.
Horse Shows & Special Events
P.O. Box 6230 Scottsdale, AZ 85261
800.874.9191 FAX 602.992.8327