As a guest at RWG it's important that you remain safe and protected during your visit.
As our pupil at RWG, your safety is our number one priority.
Therefore we have established a set of barn rules and safety tips for both visitor and student that are designed to protect all who visit our property. Please review our safety protocols before arriving as this will ensure that your visit is an enjoyable one.
No Smoking or tobacco is permitted on the property.
No yelling or running.
You will be held responsible for any friends or family that is brought onto the property. All visitors must sign a barn rule and liability form.
Do not feed or pet any animal without permission. Feeding the animals can lead to pushy behavior from the animal. Please do not pet the horses that are in the pasture at any time without permission.
If you are not in closed-toed shoes, for your safety you are not allowed to leave the parking area or approach the tacking-up area.
For your safety, do not retrieve any horse without permission.
Do not wander around the premises without permission. Only student participants are allowed in the pasture during lessons.
If you open the gate, please close the gate.
Do not climb on the gates or fences.
Please be respectful to others and to the animals while on the premises.
Children who are not participants must not be left unattended.
SAFETY AROUND A HORSE
Always keep your feet on the ground. Be prepared to move out of the way at any time and never stand on an object that can be kicked out from beneath you by the horse.
When grooming keep one hand on the horse at all times, especially when working on the legs.
If you need to walk behind a horse, remain close, keeping the near hand on the horse at all times. Place your hand on the horse’s ribs and talk soothingly as you walk to the opposite side.
INTRODUCING YOURSELF TO A HORSE
First stretch hand out as you slowly approach the horses shoulder, allowing the horse to sniff you.
If the horse is accepting of your hand then you can proceed to pet the horse’s shoulder.
Remember to be respectful of horse’s feelings as healthy relationships are built on mutual respect for one another.
Riding horses is considered a high risk activity by the EMSA, it is higher risk than skiing, football and riding a motorcycle. While most head injuries occur from an unpredictable incident 20% of injuries happen just being around horses. Head injuries are the leading cause for deaths and hospital admission.
Most deaths from head injury can be prevented simply by wearing an approved ASTM/SEI riding helmet that is fit and worn correctly. To get the most out of your helmet be sure to buy a helmet that fits your head best and adjust your helmet before every ride, making sure your chin strap is snug.
To ensure a safe and positive experience, please download, read, and sign the PDF form before visiting.