Thank you for volunteering at South Bucks RDA the Trustees appreciate the time that you are giving up to help provide riding for disabled people and looking after the horses and ponies.
What to wear:
Please ensure that you wear sensible clothes around the horses:
Long sleeved or elbow length tops, with the top layer secured
Long trousers or Jodhpurs
Stout foot-ware: walking boots/ jodhpur boots/wellingtons/riding boots
Gloves for leading the horses and ponies
Well fitting warm hat in winter/ baseball cap in summer
Long hair should be tied back
Wear plenty of layers to stay warm/cool depending on the season.
Please wear gloves at all times when leading the horses.
Catching in and putting out into a field
Please take only one horse per person, where possible an extra person should see to the gates.
In the morning when horses are eager to get in you should wear a riding hat as well as gloves.
Horses should be tied up in the stall with a quick release knot, tuck the end in.
In the winter months, the horses and ponies will need to stand with their rugs resting over them.
Put a head collar on the horse and tie them up whenever you are dealing with them in a stable.
When putting back out, turn the horses to face the gate before you take the head collar off.
When putting out more than one horse at a time, leaders should release the horses at the same time.
Pick out the horse’s foot from the heel to the toe, keep to the side of the horse and face it’s tail. Remove any stones or wedged mud.
Brush off the horse, following the lie of the coat. Use a dandy brush for the main body and legs, if the horse is clipped use a body brush.
Make sure all areas that have tack on are very clean to avoid rubbing the skin.
Report any cuts, bumps or unusual marks to centre staff or Di and Theresa (OMT).
The horses should be brushed off again after being ridden. In the winter they need to have their rugs put on before they go out to the field.
Check you have the correct tack and note whether you need a noseband or head collar and the type of reins needed. (this is written on the ride list)
Ensure the numnah and any pads are even and pulled up into the gullet of the saddle.
Make sure the girth straps and webbing are flat.
Ensure the girth is flat and done up comfortably. If there is a balance strap take care to place it in the middle of the girth.
If crossing the stirrups, pull the leathers down enough to ensure they lie flat.
When the horse is not mounted the reins need securing by twisting and putting the throatlash through them.
Modified reins are usually fitted to the ring at the side of the head collar in the direction of the ordinary reins.
Always double check your tack before presenting the horse to the mounting block. Check that the girth is secure, the reins ready and stirrups if needed are even or crossed in front of the saddle.
During the lesson:
Your job is to control or help support the control of the horse.
Make sure you are wearing gloves.
Walk near the horses shoulder when using the lead rope,(stage 1 leading) by the rider’s leg if they are becoming independent. (stage 3)
Have a ‘smiley’ lead rope between your hand and the horse’s head.
Spare rope should be held flat in your hand.
Be aware of side helpers, they need space.
When changing the rein, make sure your rider is safe.
Keep checking in which direction your rider is attempting to steer their pony.
If you have side helpers, let them do their job supporting and reminding the rider.
Follow the instructor’s commands, repeat to the rider when needed.
Always check that you have enough room, you may need to tell the leader to move over.
Physically support the rider only when you have to, let them do as much as they can.
Keep checking that the rider is in the middle of the saddle and straight.
Help the rider as needed to adjust their position to maintain straightness. You don’t have to wait to be asked.
There are always jobs around the place that need doing:
Please ask the Centre Manager, Grooms or Di and Theresa (OMT) as to what needs doing.
All tack should be cleaned after use.
Sweeping the yards and the road way
Weeding – we need to keep the ragwort under control
Washing /mending rugs
Cleaning water troughs
Skipping out Boxes and Shelters
Poo Picking fields
Where possible all jobs should be done in pairs, especially in the fields.
Trustees South Bucks RDA 2017