HorseSafe Resources

HorseSafe Code of Practice

To allow the adoption of a minimum standard of risk management for horse activities the Australian Horse Industry Council (AHIC), with assistance and funding from the Federal Government, developed this industry Code of Practice.

Read the HorseSafe Code of Practice

NSW Code of Practice Managing risks when new or inexperienced riders or handlers interact with horses in the workplace

The final version of the NSW Code of Practice Managing risks when new or inexperienced riders or handlers interact with horses in the workplace (the Code) was gazetted on the 27 January 2017 for commencement on 1 February 2017 and is now available on the SafeWork NSW website.

Read the NSW Code of Practice Managing risks when new or inexperienced riders or handlers interact with horses in the workplace (pdf)

Procedures for the Delivery of Horse Industry Training Version3 (January2016)

For Registered Training Organisations, private enterprises, not-for-profit organisations or other entity providing horse industry (vocational) related education and training programs.
Adapted from the “TAFE NSW Procedures for the Delivery of Equine Training” January 2016 (Version 4.0)

Download the Procedures for the Delivery of Horse Industry Training Version3 (January2016) (PDF)

Procedures for the Delivery of Horse Industry Training – Example Standard Operating Procedures and Templates

For Registered Training Organisations, private enterprises, not-for-profit organisations or other entity providing horse industry (vocational) related education and training programs.
Adapted from the “TAFE NSW Procedures for the Delivery of Equine Training” January 2016 (Version 4.0)

Download the Procedures for the Delivery of Horse Industry Training – Example Standard Operating Procedures and Templates (PDF)

 

Horse Audit Forms, abridged for riding schools and trail riding businesses, from the TAFE Procedures document

The  “Horse Audit Forms” resource is taken from the 125 page TAFE Procedures for the Delivery of Horse Industry Training document, and provides a much shorter version of their checklists which will be useful for small businesses such as Riding Schools and Trail Riding organisations. It has been provided in a Word format so that it can be easily customized it to suit individual needs

Download the Equine Audit Procedures revised

Guide to managing risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses

This Guide provides information for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to manage risks that may be faced by new or inexperienced workers when interacting with horses. This Guide may also assist other people who interact with horses at a workplace, for example teachers, volunteers or visitors.

View the Guide to managing risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses (opens in external site)

HorseSafe Code of Ethics (pdf)

The HorseSafe Code of Ethics outlines responsibilities of horse businesses and organisations to the public, horse industry, horses and individuals during the course of their business activities.

Download the Horse Safe Code of Ethics (pdf)

Qualifications (pdf)

Qualifications to teach horse riding that recognised in Australia.

View the Qualifications (pdf)

Staff / Official Induction Training Records (pdf)

This form should be used to record all relevant training including initial induction on first day of work. Organisations are encouraged to sign off the skills listed if the staff member can demonstrate previous experience.

Download the Staff / Official Induction Training Records (pdf)

Student History (pdf)

For use in tuition situation where the indemnity sign off is completed annually.

Download the Student History form (pdf)

Accident Report Form (pdf)

Record the details of all accidents that happen at your establishment.

Download the Accident Report Form (pdf)

Horse Workload (pdf)

Record the workload of all horses at your establishment.

Download the Horse Workload form (pdf)

Complaints Procedure (pdf)

Record all complaints directed to or about your establishment.

View the Complaints Procedure form (pdf)

Helmet Register (pdf)

Your helmet register should record every helmet by size, your site’s identification marks, brand, colour, serial number, the Standard which covers it as well as the date of manufacture.

Download the Helmet Register form (pdf)

Site checklist for activities and events (pdf)

A checklist to assess your site / establishment for safety / risk management.

View the Site Checklist for activities and events (pdf)

Plain English Guide to the Code 2009 (pdf)

A plain English explanation of the HorseSafe Code of Practice

View the Plain English Guide to the Code 2009 (pdf)

Further Resources

Horse riding schools, trail riding establishments and horse riding establishments Industry Code of Practice 2002 – WorkSafe Queensland

Community Insurance Centre – contains information for community organizations on public liability

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Concussion Awareness For Equestrians

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Feedback on horse identification and traceability in NSW

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Notice of annual general meeting

Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting of the Australian Horse Industry Council (the Company) will be ...