When you own a horse you have the responsibility of keeping it as safe as possible in all conditions.

A horse is not only an expensive investment, which needs protecting, but will often become much more than a pet.  You will find that a beloved animal, he can become a very important member of the family.  Of course there will always be unforeseen accidents, which are virtually impossible to prevent but remember, overall prevention is the best way to keep your animal safe.

Prevent accidents by carefully inspecting the surroundings that your horse lives in.  Never assume that a pasture, barn, or horse trailer is safe from physical injury possibilities.  Take a slow and deliberate walk over every inch of your property to look for possible hazards.  Look for fences that may need repairs.  Animals that get out of their pens seem to be the reason for most accidents that happen to horses.  Check for holes in the pastures so your horse won’t stumble and break a leg.  Make it a habit to inspect all of the surroundings your horse lives in on a regular basis. 

Repair and always maintain the facilities where your horse resides.  It’s important to repair broken poles and boards immediately as they are serious hazards and your animal can become seriously injured by them.  Make sure there are no nails sticking out or holes in walls or fences that your horse can get his legs caught in.  Check all electrical wires for fraying or loose connections to prevent electrical shocks. 

Never leave a halter on your horse, especially when he is in the pasture.  Many horses have been killed from getting the halter caught on a fence post or even a hoof caught in it.  All tack should be inspected and repaired as needed.      

Establish a good relationship with a large animal veterinarian that is fairly close to you.  Get to know him on a personal basis so that he knows the health history of your horse and if you have an emergency he will know exactly who you and your horse is.  Make sure you have his complete contact information available at all times, including his cell phone number.  Keep a card posted near the stalls, in your wallet, and in the vehicle that you use to transport your horse.  When traveling, know where the closest veterinary clinic and large animal hospital is in case of emergency.

Prepare or buy a good first aid kit and have it available at all times.  Keep it replenished and stocked on a regular basis.  Keep a first aid kit in your horse trailer as well. 

If you will be traveling and hauling your horse make sure that you plan ahead and have your vehicle and horse trailer in good repair.  Check truck and trailer tires, hitches, and lights and have them in good working order.  Take plenty of feed and fresh water if you have a water tank in the trailer.  

It is always the unknown hazards that can cause accidents for your horse.  By careful and regular inspections and constant diligence you can help prevent many potential hazards and stupid accidents that can not only harm but also maybe even kill your horse.