Safety at horse events, such as horse shows, should always be given the highest possible priority. The horse show environment with many different horses and people mixed together in a sometimes hurried and stressful situation is a blueprint for violations of basic safety procedures.
Each year thousands of horse-related injuries occur in the United States. However, many of these accidents could be prevented by observing some basic safety principles. Safety for both riders and horses is a responsibility shared by everyone, including exhibitors, parents, trainers and show management.
"TNH3006-Safety at Horse Shows," The University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service, TNH-3006 2/03 E12-4415-00-014-03, http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_agexani/32