This subject is important as it could be called financial loss prevention or pain and suffering prevention (same with disease prevention).
Injury prevention is sometimes impossible because no matter how hard you try, the horse seems to find a way to hurt themselves or each other. But there are a lot of things you can do to mitigate the obvious. The topics here cover some of these things but in essence you need to be always on the lookout for danger.
I remember watching Melissa work on a horse and as the horse backed up in the stall, something caught my eye. Small but moving fast were some bees that were disappearing into a ¼ inch (6mm) hole in the wall. That hole was exactly where the butt of this horse was heading.
Once my shirt got caught on the tip of a screw that had been placed from the other side to hold up some tack. It had penetrated slightly beyond the width of the stall wall into the adjoining stall where my shirt and the skin of the horse were getting close to.
The environment is constantly evolving. Always be looking out for these changes. Nothing remains safe, not when there are horses involved.
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Every now and then I see a “bad idea” with good intentions on a horse farm. Usually the idea springs from the mind wanting an easier way of doing something. However not much thought is put into the idea from the perspective of the horse.
There are so many dangerous things I have found on horse farms. These include sharp objects, exposed electric wires and bee hives in the wall. Most of the issues come from either laziness of the barn owner or lack of money to make the repairs.
The cost of having dangerous things on the farm ranges from additional time lost in treating wounds, the added expense for a veterinary visit, the lost training time or the loss of use or death of the horse.
Having filth is a sign that the owner doesn’t care about the horses in his or her custody. The environment is usually also in disrepair. This is either laziness or lack of money. Either way the horse is forced to live in it.
Water buckets seem harmless yet they are famous for catching eyelids and removing them. Ouch! And preventable.