Health Tip: Ride a Horse Safely
(HealthDay News) -- If riding a horse is your thing, it's a good idea to brush up on basic safety rules and to make sure you're wearing the right equipment.
The Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension mentions these riding safety rules:
Always wear a certified, approved helmet that fits properly.
Wear well-fitted boots with heels to keep feet from sliding through the stirrups. Also wear a protective vest and nonskid gloves.
Dress in bright colors, especially when riding in the woods and during hunting season.
Make sure all tack (saddle, bridle, girth, etc.) is clean, supple and in good condition with nothing broken.
Pay attention to your surroundings and things that might spook a horse. Keep small children and dogs away.
If riding on a road, go in the same direction as traffic.
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