HorseSafetyUSA is dedicated to improving the safety of all aspects of the professional and amateur levels of the equine industry through training, certification, and accreditation.


Equine Safety Facts



More than 79,000 equestrians are admitted to the emergency room every year as a result of equestrian-related injuries.


• Horse riders are 20 times more
  likely to be seriously injured than
  motorcycle riders.

• One-in-five equestrians will be
  seriously injured during their
  riding career.

• The age groups at highest risk
  for serious injuries are riders 5-14
  years old and 24-44 years old.

• Nearly one-in-four injuries occur
  on the ground while handling

• Most riding injuries occur during
  pleasure riding activites, not during
  competition. Recreational ownership, the
  largest single use of horses, represents 44% of all owners.





About Horse Safety USA



HorseSafetyUSA’s focus is on consulting and educating equestrian safety and risk managers and potential managers associated with the global equestrian-agricultural industry.


The professional team of HorseSafety USA personnel works with team to create and develop a successful equestrian sports safety and risk management program for their business.



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Included in this process is a one-on-one discussion to establish the foundation for good business practices for addressing all phases the safety and risk management demands of the Equine and Agricultural industry. HorseSafetyUSA has also developed a proprietary online certification process for Basic and Intermediate Safety Specialists, including OSHA and American Red Cross certificate modules, that leads an industry-standard accreditation of Equine Risk Managers.


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Educational Programs



Certified Equestrian Basic Safety Specialist

Certified Equestrian Intermediate Safety Specialist

and Accredited Equine Risk Manager


The course curriculum for the Equestrian Basic Safety Specialist and Intermediate Safety Specialist is administered and taught online in a traditional distance learning academic setting developed by accredited, licensed, and academically credentialed individuals. The students are provided links to learning resources to prepare them for the online certification process. Training includes one module at each level for both OSHA and American Red Cross certification.


In total, students will receive 38 hours of intensive study in all aspects of equestrian safety management. The initial 15 online classroom hours are required for Safety Specialist certification.


The balance of 23 hours for Equine Risk Manager Accreditation is conducted at select 3-day seminars held in conjunction with regional Horse Council and Breed Association conferences. Presenters from domestic and international equestrian businesses and organizations contribute to the diverse opportunity for learning.


The course presentation times will vary per topic.






  • ESI – 100 – Introduction to the Equestrian Sports Safety Institute Specialist Training Program

    A broad overview of the dangers, risks, and injuries associated with the Equestrian Sports and why the education of association, activity, event, and organization personnel and management teams. Defining the needs and services to accomplish a safe Equestrian Sporting activity and event.

  • ESI – 101 – Case Histories

    Case Histories Involving Horses, Humans and their Emergencies using actual cases.


  • ESI – 102 – Horse Behavior

    Normal Behaviors and Inherent Risks Associated with the Interaction of Humans and Horses. Learn to assess behaviors through visual observations of body position and head and neck positions. Horse behavior is an essential to understand in the preparation of equestrian venues and locales.

  • ESI – 103 – Equestrian Safety Specialist

    Role of Safety Specialist before, during and after an Equestrian Activity and Event. As a professional Equestrian Safety Specialist the leadership role becomes an important asset of the equestrian activity and event. Interaction with activity and event personnel is critical to hosting a safe event. Defining the role, and competencies of the Equestrian Safety Specialist.

  • ESI – 104 – Legal Responsibilities and Role

    Review of the Equine Liability Act, its intention and impact as it relates to Equestrian Activities and Events. As a professional associated with the Equestrian Sports, a Specialist needs to understand the bounds and limits of their role, as well as their responsibilities in protecting the safety of humans and horses at an activity or event.

  • ESI – 105 – Occupational Safety Health Agency

    Learn How the OSHA rules impact upon the Equestrian activities and events.

  • ESI – 106 – Regulatory Agencies

    Review of the Equine Liability Act, its intention and impact as it relates to Equestrian Activities and Events. As a professional associated with the Equestrian Sports, a Specialist needs to understand the bounds and limits of their role, as well as their responsibilities in protecting the safety of humans and horses at an activity or event.

  • ESI – 107 – Insurance I

    Review of insurance coverages associated with employment of persons, workmen’s compensation, errors and omissions insurance, directors and officer’s policy, professional liability insurance and indemnification of agents, directors and staff.

  • ESI – 108 – Insurance II

    Review of insurance coverages for associations, organizations, and horse related businesses: Care, Custody and Control, Special Event Liability, General Liability, Personal Liability, Property and Causality – Equine Farm Coverage, Stable Liability, Recording and Reporting Incidents[NEISS]

  • ESI – 109 – Local Safety Coordination

    Coordination with emergency personnel –EMT, fire protection and suppression. Security via police and onsite security. Learn how to develop a relationship with the local fire and police safety agencies that will respond to the activity and event. Licensing and inspections of activity and event facilities, trade show, etc.







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Wayne G. Hipsley
BSc, MSc, Chairman

Joe Carr
BSc, AFIS, SMP, Instructor



Meet the team of professionals who have had a lifetime of experience as full-time leaders in the horse industry. Their knowledge goes well beyond the academic classroom, their hands-on experience with horses comes as owners, breeders, competitors, riders, and competition officials.






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