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Horsemanship Safety

The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) values safety for all involved with horses. CHA's Mission Statement includes, "To promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry." CHA's commitment to safety shows in all of its clinics, presentations, manuals and other publications, videos, and other materials produced by the organization. 

The CHA Way – “Safe, Effective and Fun!”

Finding a Great Lesson Horse: What to Look For and Consider Before You Shop

Posted on June 26, 2015 06:32 pm

A good lesson horse is worth its weight in gold. Once you find a good horse for your lesson program, then you need to hang on to that horse, keep up on all necessary health care, and make sure he stays healthy and happy. Good horses are the cornerstone to a lesson barn’s program. After all, the horses are what help lesson barns make money. And good horses are what bring riding students/customers back, in addition to quality instruction. This blog post will discuss what to look for in a lesson horse and what things to consider before you shop...Click on the headline above to read the full post.

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What to Expect During a CHA Certification Clinic

Posted on May 27, 2015 05:06 pm

The Certified Horsemanship Association’s Certification Clinic season is currently under way for those who want to get certified or renew a certification as a riding instructor, camp staff, equestrian program staff, a vaulting or driving instructor, equine facility manager, and/or a therapeutic riding instructor. Learn more about what a CHA Certification Clinic involves and how an instructor is certified...Click on the headline above to read the full post.

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Colleges and Universities Can Be Involved with CHA in a Big Way

Posted on March 11, 2015 09:51 pm

If you are a college and university looking to be involved with CHA these are the reasons to do so: 1. Can host a CHA certification clinic for your graduating students 2. Great networking and job opportunities for your students 3. Can become CHA Site Accredited for insurance discounts, etc. 4. Can purchase CHA manuals, DVDs, webinars and other educational tools at a greatly reduced cost. 5. Can have your college/university be chosen to host our CHA International Conference ...Click on the headline to read the entire post.

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7 Key Benefits to CHA Site Accreditation

Posted on January 21, 2015 09:48 pm

The Certified Horsemanship Association Site Accreditation Program allows equine facilities to get a designation from CHA that states they have met certain standards for quality, effectiveness, and safety set forth within the CHA Standards for Equestrian Programs manual. Learn more about why Site Accreditation is important to both equine facilities and those who are seeking an equine program...Click on the headline to read the entire post.

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2014 CHA International Conference Preview: The Countdown is On

Posted on September 16, 2014 05:39 pm

It’s that time of year again when the Certified Horsemanship Association finishes planning its big annual event, the CHA International Conference. Attendees are getting ready for several days of presentations from top horse trainers, instructors, veterinarians, farriers, and equine behaviorists. This year’s event will be held in Lexington, KY, October 23-October 26. It’s an event not to be missed, and there is still time to register to attend. The conference offers over 50 top-notch speakers, multiple social events and chances to network, hands-on demonstrations and riding opportunities, along with great food, lodging, and attractions in a beautiful horsey-locale, and more...Click on the headline to read the entire post.

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Keeping Horse Legs Safe: Bandages, Boots, and Wraps

Posted on August 20, 2014 07:06 pm

The legs of a horse are certainly amazing. They take on extreme amounts of stress, bear a lot of weight, can move quickly so that the horse can change directions on a dime or jump over an obstacle, and they are one of the most important parts of the horse. Protecting a horse’s legs is imperative in certain situations, especially if the horse is young and still growing. Horses that are faced with poor footing, uneven ground, a competition environment, transportation, or have a tendency to stock up (have their legs swell) while in a stall, can benefit from leg wraps, boots, or bandages...Click on the headline to read the full post.

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7 Pieces of Equipment for a Safer Ride

Posted on July 29, 2014 08:20 pm

Last week we looked at rider safety apparel. This week, we will look at equipment that is used on horses that help keep the horse safe and in good health and also the rider. Click on the headline to read the entire post.

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Horseback Rider Safety Apparel from Head to Toe

Posted on July 7, 2014 10:16 pm

There is no doubt that equestrians are a stylish group. Regardless of whether a person is a Western rider or English, a vaulter or a combined driver, a recreational rider or an active competitor, the apparel for the rider has been designed to be fashionable and suited to the type of riding. However, looking stylish isn't the only reason for the attire chosen by riders. Equestrian apparel should always be designed with safety in mind. It is important to know what apparel is worn for safety and why and how to choose the appropriate attire...Click on the title to read the entire blog post.

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Safety Standards for Managing Equines Important for Equine Programs and Clients

Posted on June 20, 2014 10:57 pm

It’s our final post in the three-part series discussing safety guidelines published by the Certified Horsemanship Association in their Standards for Equestrian Programs. And this week’s topic, Management of Equines Standards, is important, not only for business owners, but also for anyone considering using an equine business. Knowing that horses are healthy and fit and that equipment is safe and well-cared-for should be a concern on both sides...Click on the headline to read the full post.

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Three More Important Standards for Equestrian Programs

Posted on May 28, 2014 11:13 pm

Learn about three Standards for Equestrian Programs as published by the Certified Horsemanship Association. These standards are key for horsemanship directors and riding staff, who are obligated to ensure the safety of all staff and clients...Click on the headline to read the full post.

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Three Must-See Safety Guidelines for Equestrian Facilities

Posted on May 13, 2014 11:08 pm

If you are considering building, renovating, or adding to your equestrian facility, you will want to read the "Certified Horsemanship Association's Standards for Equestrian Programs" manual, which was published to provide the horse industry with safety standards for any equestrian facility. This post takes a look at arena safety, making facilities safe for the horses, and emergency equipment. These topics can be found in the "Site Standards" section in the manual...Click on the headline to read the full post.

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How to Find the Best Horse Camp

Posted on March 27, 2014 10:45 pm

Knowing what kind of camp you want to go to is only the first step. Last time, we talked about the benefits of going to camp and about the various types of camps with horseback riding programs. This week, learn some tips on how to choose the best horse camp so that the visit is safe, effective, and fun...Click on the headline to read the full post.

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Attending a Camp with Horseback Riding: From Day Camps to Summer Camps and Beyond

Posted on February 28, 2014 06:52 pm

There are all types of camps, and around 40% of camps accredited by the American Camp Association have horses. Finding a camp with an equestrian focus is easier than ever for horse enthusiasts. Other options to consider include age range, all-girls or all-boys or co-ed, length of time to attend, overnight or day camp, when to attend (summer camp, during spring break, or a weekend), etc. The Certified Horsemanship Association brings more information about equestrian camps to readers of its blog, "The CHA Way: Safe, Effective, and Fun."

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How to Find a Riding Instructor

Posted on February 10, 2014 06:30 pm

Finding your first riding instructor, or a new riding instructor if you already ride, will take time and effort to find the right one for you and your situation. After all, you, or your child that wants to ride, should learn basic horsemanship skills before moving on to more advanced riding, competitions, or horse ownership. Everyone will have different factors that will direct the rider to their final choice. This article discusses what a new rider, or a parent, should look for in a riding instructor and lesson program...Click on the headline to read the full post.

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Why You Should Find a Certified Riding Instructor

Posted on January 14, 2014 09:48 pm

So has it finally started? Has your child started asking for a horse? Or at least some riding lessons? Or maybe you are the one who dreams of galloping across an open field on your trusty steed. But how do you get started? Perhaps your first thought is to open up the Yellow Pages, or more often these days, run to the Internet to Google it. The problem with this is that anyone can advertise themselves as a riding instructor. Click on the headline to read the full post.

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