Safety & Policies

At Ontario Equestrian, we take safety seriously for both horse and rider. Whether you’re a first-time rider or an experienced competitor, the following links can help you stay safe on and off the horse.

Concussion Policy & Return to Play Guidelines

We strongly encourage all riders, new and experienced, to wear an ASTM Certified Equestrian Helmet while riding, and for those who are new to horses it makes sense to wear it while grooming and tacking as well. Our guide reflects the latest research on Concussion Awareness and Return to Play guidelines, developed in partnership with the Coaches Association of Ontario and with advice and support from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Concussion Centre.

Concussion Resource Material:

Government of Ontario Concussion Awareness Resource E-Booklet

This e-booklet will help you learn more about concussions so you can keep yourself and others active and safe — whether you’re an athlete, student, parent, coach, official or educator.

You can download and print a copy for reference.

Ages 10 and Under

Ages 11-14

Ages 15 and Up


Do you have biosecurity measures in place at your stable to prevent the spread of infectious diseases? Biosecurity is a crucial, yet often overlooked, aspect of equine management. Horse farms are typically located in a high traffic area, which means steps need to be taken to reduce the chances of an infectious disease being carried onto the grounds or spread within your facility and beyond.

Biosecurity Resources:

Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines

The Codes of Practice are the nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals and help serve as the national standard of animal care requirements and recommended practices. The purpose of the Code of Practice for Equines is to promote sound management and welfare practices for housing, care, transportation and other animal husbandry practices.

Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines

Horse & Rider Safety

Ontario Animal Health Network

The Ontario Animal Health Network oversees a program focusing on early disease detection in animals in order to identify disease and welfare trends and direct the appropriate action when necessary. The Equine Expert Network is comprised of seven veterinarians with representation from the Ontario Veterinary College, OMAFRA, the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph and from private veterinary clinics representing different geographical regions and disciplines.

Veterinarians who provide services to horse owners are surveyed quarterly about the diseases and issues seen in practice. Results from this survey, along with a summary of laboratory results, are discussed by the Network to detect important trends and emerging horse health issues. The overall goal of the network is to improve the health of Ontario’s equine herd. 

Ontario Animal Health Network – Quarterly Reports

Equine Medications