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Safety in equestrian exhibitions

Checchi, Antonio and Casazza, Serenella and Denti, Mario and Pisanu, Mario (2008) Safety in equestrian exhibitions. In: Innovation technology to empower safety, health and welfare in agriculture and agro-food systems: International conference, September 15-17, 2008, Ragusa, Italy. Ragusa, ElleDue. [4] p. ISBN 978-88-903151-1-4. Conference or Workshop Item.

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The world of equestrian exhibitions aims most of its attention on the overall image and glamour, without focusing organizational strains on safety among public, workers and horses. Preventing accidents on workplaces means protecting the safeness of people and animals. The not easy definition of risks in the equestrian range rises from the extreme variability and arduous foreseeing of working states and from the considerable number of activities which are often simultaneously performed.
The sphere of these risks concern:
Safety of people:
constraint of dangerous animals, buildings and structures authorized by firemen, sound fences and enclosures around rings, trial and competition fields, safety distance from public and horses, moving carriages and equipments, visible signals of routes equipped for horses.
Safety of workers:
specific training and information for horse managing employees, equipments and individual protective devices according to regulations, good acquaintance of expositive dynamics.
Horses’ physical and psychical safety:
sound and wide stalls so that horses may be stabled in the most comfortable conditions; doors, gangways and transit paths free from dangers, obstacles and unevenness that may wound horses; removal of stress from excessive lighting, ceaseless presence of noisy public, scanty moments of relax through daytime, close presence of more stallions, separation of foal from mare.
As conclusion, to reach a real optimization of safety in equestrian exhibitions, fairs and expositions it is necessary to develop a level of attention in the three areas mentioned above so that a good degree of protection can be reached in a global and commensurate way. Only applying some simple but basic rules, it will be possible to grant a complete and effective safety in the framework of every respectable equestrian show.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
ID Code:4541
Uncontrolled Keywords:Safety, equestrian exhibitions
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > AGR/10 Costruzioni rurali e territorio agroforestale
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Ingegneria del territorio
Copyright Holders:© 2008 - Università di Catania, Dipartimento di Ingegneria agraria
Deposited On:22 Oct 2010 18:00

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