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									                                                         The Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education in Australia Inc
                                                            Box 209, Strathalbyn, South Australia, 5255 Tel. 08 8536 6063

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                                   SITE ACCREDITATION
For accreditation, a horse riding program should work through these standards, check off the appropriate boxes, and attach the
relevant paperwork to this document. The package should be sent to the Association for Horsemanship, Safety and Education
office with a fee of $770 for an a non accredited site; and $550 for an site accredited by ACA, Tourism or another recognized body
(all figures include GST), and an audit by the Accreditation Officers will be arranged. Renewal of accreditation after three years:
$330.


SITE NAME: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

CONTACT PERSON AT SITE ……………………………………………………………..PHONE …………………….

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1    The Head Instructor
a    Must be at least 21 years of age
b    AHSE qualified (or comparable)
c    Minimum two years’ experience in group riding
d    Proven leadership skills
e    Training and experience in stable management &
     horse care
f    Knowledge of individual horses and suitability to
     riders
Certification must be relevant to awareness of safety and teaching ability when working with horses and persons with limited horse knowledge. Other certification may include
EFA, pony club instructor, British Horse Society and for people with disabilities , RDA.
Compliance Demonstration: Birth Certificate, Certification Certificate, References covering experience in the field



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                                                           The Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education in Australia Inc
                                                              Box 209, Strathalbyn, South Australia, 5255 Tel. 08 8536 6063

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2    Instructional Staff
a    Riding Instructors to be at least 18 years of age
b    Assistant Instructors to be at least 16 years of age
c    Instructors have certification at the level at which they
     work (or are in-training for qualifications and
     supervised until certified) Training linked to Outdoor
     Recreation Industry Training Package Levels II-IV
d    All instructors have senior First Aid training
f    Knowledge of individual horses and suitability for
     riders
For multilevel programs it is essential that persons instructing at each level have corresponding abilities. For pack and trail programs, expertise needs to be in this area,
similarly with competition etc
Compliance Demonstration: birth certificate or driver’s license, reference describing experience, certification

3    Instructor: rider ratio
a    1:8 for able bodied beginners with instructor,
     1:10 for instructor and assistant
b    1:6 for trail rides (with a minimum of 2 for each ride)
c    Up to 3 instructors: client for riders with multiple disabilities
d    There is a written policy regarding ratios
Compliance Demonstration written documentation of policy




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                                                      The Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education in Australia Inc
                                                         Box 209, Strathalbyn, South Australia, 5255 Tel. 08 8536 6063

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4    Designated areas
a    Area separate from non riding public (signage: no access
     without horse staff)
b    Area is free of obstacles, fenced, and large enough for
     number of horses to be used
c    Barrier to prevent escape of horses into traffic
d    Areas used by the public are maintained free of hazards
e     Consideration of separation of public from horses:
    signage, rules and procedures for safe passage of public to and from
    activities; interaction of horses and pedestrians, etc
Compliance Demonstration Fenced paddocks or arena, stalls etc. separate from the public
5    Rules and Restrictions
a    General rules (including safety rules for access to
     horses; restricted areas; risk warnings) must be posted,
     and clearly visible to the riding public.
b    Rules include suitability and safety of rider attire;
     including safe footwear (Toestoppers or equivalent or
     boots provided; SOPs for footwear of riders)
c    Rules include mandatory wearing of approved helmets,
     and suitable footwear. From 1 January 2002 these will
     need to be new Australian NZ Standard 3838 helmets;
     they must be monitored for damage and not used after 5
     years from date of manufacture. Documentation of age
     of helmets; SOPs for replacement when over 5 years
     from date of manufacture
d    Handlers to wear closed shoes when working with
     horses

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                                                         The Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education in Australia Inc
                                                            Box 209, Strathalbyn, South Australia, 5255 Tel. 08 8536 6063

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e    Documentation of incidents, accidents and hazards
f    Regular staff reviews of incidents, accidents & hazards
g    Written emergency procedures (including e.g. fire, flood,
     falls, Trail riding inclement weather etc.)
h    Induction policies for new staff (includes non horse staff
     training in horse safety issues)
i    Regular training and rehearsal of emergency procedures
j    Policies on Occupational Health and Safety
     Including manual handling, tetanus, hot weather policies,
     handling and storage of hazardous goods protection from sun
     damage etc.
k    Public liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance Policies
l    Written standard operating procedures for all regular activities
     describing mounting – including horse being held for first
     mount, stirrup checks etc, dismounting / running trail rides-
     including riders demonstrating competency before departure /
     conducting lessons, allocating horses,            loose horse,
     uncontrolled or dangerous horses, etc.
m    Waivers & collection of medical and other relevant information about
     riders (including risk declaration/awareness by riders/parents of
     minors)
N    Procedures for non compliance with rules
O    Procedures to ensure that riders joining activities from outside the
     organsiation comply with requirements for equipment and safety or
     horse and rider combination
Compliance Demonstration Posted rules and restrictions, written policies, copy of Insurance policies mentioning cover of horseriding activities




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                                                    The Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education in Australia Inc
                                                       Box 209, Strathalbyn, South Australia, 5255 Tel. 08 8536 6063

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6    Riding Arena/Ring
a    First Aid Equipment at base
b    Protocol for maintenance of First Aid stocks
c    Fences at least 105 cm in height
d    Fence material suitable, and attached on inside of
     posts
e    Gates are at least 105 cm, sturdy and with safety
     latches
f    Ring surface provides good footing, and is
     reasonably level
g    Ring is free of hazards and obstacles
h    Ring is of a size appropriate to the needs of the riders
i    Ring is consistently inspected and maintained
j    Site designed to prevent horses escaping into traffic
k    Site is designed to separate non riding public from
     horses and with consideration of parking, pedestrian
     access and the prevention of the uncontrolled
     interaction of horses and people
l    Communication device is available at all horse
     related activities
M    Designated areas for different activities (separated by
     fences, signs etc.)
N    Communications        available    for   contact    with
     base/office/management/emergency services
Compliance Demonstration Observation of the environment. Recommended appropriate size for beginner riders is 20m x 60m maximum.   (Barbed wire/droppers are not
suitable fencing materials for a riding arena.) perimeter fencing




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                                                    The Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education in Australia Inc
                                                       Box 209, Strathalbyn, South Australia, 5255 Tel. 08 8536 6063

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7    Trails
a    Provide safe footing and head clearance
b    Are away from main highways
c    Hazards are clearly marked (if they cannot be
     removed)
d    Trails are mapped and clearly marked
e    All bridges have sufficient support strength and sturdy
     guard rails
f    Trails are rated according to levels of difficulty
g    Emergency access is possible
h    Trails are regularly inspected and maintained
i    Minimum impact procedures are applied to all
     activities
j    First aid equipment is carried on trail rides
k    Communication system is carried on trail rides
l    Road rules are obeyed if on public roads
M    Saddlebags are available for personal items
Compliance Demonstration Observation and documentation eg. Mapping, maintenance records etc.




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                                                       The Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education in Australia Inc
                                                          Box 209, Strathalbyn, South Australia, 5255 Tel. 08 8536 6063

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8    Facilities
a    No contamination from droppings, insects, dirt etc.
b    Sheds, stalls etc. free from bare electrical wires,
     holes, projections and other hazards.
c    Animal living areas kept clean and dry (well drained),
     free from accumulations of soiled bedding and
     manure
d    Stalls used for overnight housing of sufficient size for
     animals to lie down safely
e    Provisions made to control ticks, lice, bot flies etc.
f    Pastures have shelter, well maintained fences, no
     known hazards, access to water.
g    Provision made for disposal of accumulated manure
Compliance Demonstration Observation of facilities, explanation of and/or written documentation of procedures.




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                                                       The Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education in Australia Inc
                                                          Box 209, Strathalbyn, South Australia, 5255 Tel. 08 8536 6063

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9    Comprehensive Horse Management Program
a    Regular schedule of feeding, hoof care, de-worming,
     maintenance, grooming before use; SOPs for
     exclusion of ill, injured horses etc. (see code)
b    Availability of water
c    Proper ration and storage of feed
d    Proper conditioning and work schedule consistent
     with AHSE Standards
e    Suitable Tack, properly adjusted and maintained
f    Policy for humane treatment of horses
g    Policy for removal of dangerous horses
H    SOPs for maintenance of equipment
I    Saddles to have two points of attachment or double
     wrapped latigos
J    Records on horse usage
Compliance Demonstration Observation and supporting documentation
10    Policy for Disabled Riders (where applicable)
a     Is there a written policy allowing for the inclusion of
      disabled riders?
b     Is there barrier free access to facilities and toilets?
Cocpliance Demonstration Written policy, observation (mounting ramps, access to wheelchairs etc.)

11 Philosophy of Establishment
a Director/owner is aware of limitations and needs of
   horse program (safety is paramount) welfare of
   animals is important etc.
b Policy requiring regular staff training

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                                              The Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education in Australia Inc
                                                 Box 209, Strathalbyn, South Australia, 5255 Tel. 08 8536 6063

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c    Policy regarding safe practices in handling animals
     for all staff (safety training of non horse staff who may
     be in vicinity of horses)
d    Awareness of environmental responsibilities
e    Realistic goals for horse program with consideration
     to finances, resources and staff levels etc.
f    Procedures for non compliance with rules
G    Agreements with land managers



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12 Compliance with legislation
a If the site is not accredited with another body which
   requires this compliance with relevant legislation.
   The following documents (and any other that are
   considered relevant to the functions of the
   operations) are required:
       building approvals
       Environmental Health Officer approval of site
          for
              o food handling (if applicable)
              o toilet facilities
       employment contracts for staff
       CFS approval of fire equipment
       OHS written policy
Compliance Demonstration Written policies




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