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Riding and Horse Safety
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The Horse Safety and Adaptive First Aid for the Trail Program has been established to educate member ranches in horse safety and risk management. It is a proactive approach to promote responsible and safety conscious horse programs that assist in preparing staff to handle emergencies that may occur on the trail.

The purpose is to encourage ongoing evaluation of horse safety and risk management practices and, in turn, improve the quality of the horse programs of ranches in the Dude Ranchers' Association.

Key Elements

  • Horse Safety
  • Accident Management
  • Site Safety
  • Continuing Education
  • Equipment and Tack Safety
  • Guest Orientation
  • Certification

The DRA relies upon the integrity of its  members to review their program with consideration to the suggested DRA Horse Safety and Risk Management Practices discussed in the program. In order to stay current with the program each ranch must attend a course at least once every three years.  The owner, operator or manager must attend a "Horse Safety and Adatptive Frist Aid Seminar" to remain in current standing.  Wranglers are encouraged to attend a "Wrangler Training Class" as offerend at the beginning of each summer. The classes offered to the wranglers remain current for five years.

Horseback riding and other dude ranch activities, conducted oftentimes in outdoor wilderness, and/or mountainous terrain, include inherent and other risks that can cause injury, damage, death or other loss.  As a result, we recognize that ranches cannot assure the safety of their guests, and that participants share in the responsibility for their own well-being and the well-being of others on any trip.  The DRA program is our endeavor to assist ranches in managing risks and considering safety in their ongoing effort to provide their guests with a positive experience.  Please find the next classes listed below. Contact the DRA office for more information: or 307.589.2339.

Horse Safety and Adaptive First Aid Seminar

DRA Convention

January 18 & 19, 2017

Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson Arizona



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