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RIDING ETIQUETTE

  1. Left shoulder to Left Shoulder: Riders should try to ride in the same direction. If this isn’t possible then the left shoulder to left shoulder rule should apply.

  2. The more progressive gait has priority on track: In order of priority lateral, canter, trot and walk.

  3. Halt should not be on the track.

  4. Slow on the Inside, Fast on the Outside: The slower gait to take the inside track and give way to the faster gait on the outside tack.

  5. Circle yields to track: Rider doing circles should decrease their circle size to allow the horse on the track to pass.

  6. Announce your intentions: Tell other riders what you plan to do such as “leaving arena”, “entering arena”.

  7. No Lunging: No lunging while riding.

  8. Mount Out of the Way: Mount and dismount in the centre, not on the track.

  9. Work Together: Users should be doing similar things, if at all possible.

  10. Cue Quietly

  11. Horse’s Behaviour: It may be necessary if your horse is upsetting others, to remove it from the area.

  12. Try Not to Interrupt Lessons: If you must ride during a lesson try to be unobtrusive.

  13. Sharing Arena with a Lesson: If you are sharing the ring with others who are in a riding lesson, allow the lesson riders right of way.

  14. Follow Posted Rules (if any).

  15. Clean Up: Clean up the arena after use. Clear out manure, put away jumps, trotting poles or pylons. In short - leave the arena the way you found it, or better.

SAFETY

  1. Keep A Horse Length Between: keep at least a horse length between you and the horse in front of you. Also when there are riders working on both the inside and outside track, leave enough passing room.

  2. All Horses Under Control: There should be no loose horses in the arena while others are riding.

  3. Be Aware: Be respectful if another is having problems with a horse, is riding a young horse, or is a beginner or timid rider.

  4. Give Right of Way: Be generous giving right of way even it if it is not technically the correct right of way.

  5. Don’t Get in the Way: Spectators should stand outside the arena, not along side the track.

  6. In an Emergency Get Off: If a rider falls off and or a horse gets loose, all riders should dismount.

  7. In Case of Emergency: Know where the nearest phone and first aid kit are and/or dial 000 (triple zero).

  8. Any incidents need to be reported, fill in this form.

  9. Agistees should ensure they have their fire plan/evacuation plan ready at all times. Agistees are responsible for their horses in emergency situations.

​In order to keep you and your horse as safe as possible, Lagoballo have some suggestions:

  • Try not to ride alone.

  • Don't get caught in the dark.

  • Only tie a horse to balling twine or safety release tie-ups.

  • No doubling up on horseback.

  • Saddle your horse when you intend to ride.

  • No mounting or riding near where cars are parked.

  • All riders, horse handlers, owners, parents/guardians must complete the Accident Waiver, Release of Liability & Damages/Theft form.

  • All incidents must be reported, fill in this form.

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