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Rx For Hazardous Attitudes Around Horses

Recognizing a hazardous attitude is a first step in being safe around horses, but then you have to know what to do next. Here are some suggested “antidotes” for five hazardous attitudes. Hopefully, this will get you thinking about safe decision-making, both in equestrian sports and your life:

Anti-Authority Thought: “Don’t tell me what to do.”
Antidote: “Follow the rules. They are usually correct and have a purpose.”
Impulsive Thoughts: “Do something-quickly.”
Antidote: “Not so fast. Think first!”
Invulnerability: “It won’t happen to me.”
Antidote: “It can happen to me, there are those that have and those that will.”
Resignation Thought: “Whats the use, I’ll give up.”
Antidote: “I’m not helpless, I can’t give up.”
Macho Thought: “I can do it!”
Antidote: “Taking chances are foolish!”

This EMSA safety discussion of risky attitudes is dedicated to the memory of Mary Angela Jaquith (February 17, 1994-March 18, 2007). Mary Angela was born to ride horses. She started at age 4 and continued to compete and strive for perfection until her untimely accidental death at age 13.

Mary Angela inspired others to be better people, she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, and died doing what she loved. We at EMSA were inspired to produce this equestrian safety project in her memory in order that future horse accidents may be avoided.

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The US Pony Club’s Safety Booklet contains practical information about facility and fire safety, travel with horse, riding safety and instruction as well as human health. It has a solid emergency plan. This content is of value to anyone who is around horses.

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The EMSA has updated our informative pamphlet “When Can My Child Ride A Horse?”. The document is in .PDF format and can be viewed or printed. Organizations are asked to request permission for large distributions.


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