Safety is important for every rider. Even the most experienced among us can still have accidents. But there is one factor that is more important than anything else for staying safe around horses. It is more important than following a set of rules and can help you make decisions to stay safe in any situation. It's being aware.
Being aware is simply noticing what is happening around you. With horses, a big part of this is noticing their emotional state. Experienced horsemen may seem to be able to intuitively “sense” what is going on with a horse, but in reality they are noticing small changes in the horse that provide clues to what that horse is thinking and what they might do next.
Watch the video below to learn more about what these small tells are and how you can become more aware.