Controlling a horse's movement is also an essential safety precaution. For example: If a horse is frightened it may get away from you and cause injury to itself or people in the general area.
In fact there are rules in racing describing the gear that must be on a horse when it is on a racecourse to minimise the chance of them getting away from their handler.
Rules of racing and compulsory gear
Restraint techniques to minimise danger
Did you know?
When a stablehand was leading a prominent trainer's horse during trackwork the horse escaped and made its way to a suburban street.
The horse was spooked by an oncoming car and attempted to jump the car landing on the roof and breaking the windscreen. This incident resulted in the horse being badly injured and the car occupants being extremely traumatised. This is just one example of the importance of controlling horses.
At times it is difficult to control a horse and sometimes it will get away. However, ensuring effective control methods are used, well fitting gear is utilised and following safety precautions can help to minimise this risk.
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