Guideline review date: 28 October 2021
This guideline is provided to support schools in implementing the
managing risks in school curriculum activities procedure.
CARA planner (DOCX, 600KB) must be used for the specific school context in conjunction with this guideline considering additional risks, hazards and controls and including environmental, facility, equipment and student considerations
For activities beyond the scope of this guideline, complete a CARA record using the
CARA generic template (DOCX, 488KB).
This guideline relates to student participation in horse riding, including equestrian and trail riding, as an activity to support curriculum delivery.
Equestrian riding includes dressage, jumping and cross country for training, skills development and competitions.
Trail riding involves organised recreational horse back riding that can be short (an hour) or long (multi-day) rides. It may occur in diverse environments where the participants are led as a group outside of enclosed areas in the natural environment.
Depending on the scope of this activity, other risk assessments may be required when planning. Curriculum activities encompassing more than 1 CARA guideline (e.g.
animal observation and handling guideline while
camping) must comply with the requirements of all CARA guidelines appropriate to the activity.
Note: This activity does
not include activities involving rodeo, driving, vaulting, reining, riding for the disabled activities or working with stock animals (e.g. mustering, Western riding, team penning, cutting, roping) as part of a curriculum activity. A separate risk assessment should be undertaken (e.g.
CARA generic template (DOCX, 365KB),
agricultural activities (stockyards) guideline) for these activities.
For activities conducted at an external venue, and/or when engaging external expertise, request written risk assessment advice and attach it to this CARA record.
For activities conducted off-site, schools must comply with the
school excursions procedure.
Horse riding and equestrian activities undertaken at a recognised riding school with hired horses and equipment from a horse-hire service and/or with student-provided horse and equipment.
If any requirement cannot be met, the activity must not occur.
If any other safety recommendation cannot be met, modify the activity (or elements of it) and/or identify and use the
hierarchy of controls to implement alternative control measures to meet or exceed the minimum safety standard.
All risk levels
Reference to the
Safe Work Australia—guide to managing risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses (PDF, 2.9MB) is required when planning this activity.
Australian Adventure Activity Standard,
Horse Trail Riding Australian Adventure Activity Good Practice Guide (PDF, 577KB),
animals in Queensland state schools procedure (PDF, 871KB) and
animal welfare legislation is required when planning this activity.
Reference to the
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website and
Equestrian Queensland is required for duty of animal care information and whether approvals or permits are required for the activity (e.g.
horse registration and movement records when appropriate).
Appropriate handling and protective measures (e.g. ensure horses vaccinated) relevant to the route of transmission of potential zoonoses as outlined in Appendix 1 of
animal contact guidelines (PDF, 1.8MB) must be implemented.
Prior consultation is required with local authority (e.g.
Department of Environment and Science (for track closures and relevant
permits for access to trails) and
Rural Fire Service) for local advice, emergency support mechanisms and additional supervision requirements to ensure participant and public safety.
Permission/permits are required to be obtained from land managers (e.g.
Department of Environment and Science, local councils or private landholders), if applicable.