Safety Guidelines


These conditions apply to ALL those who hunt with The Farmers Bloodhounds

A disclaimer must be completed and signed when booking on via Horse Events. If you arrive on the day without prior booking it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that you have signed a disclaimer. These are avaliable on site. 

The Farmers Bloodhounds reserve the right to refuse entry to any event should guidelines NOT be followed.


Horse Riding with the Bloodhounds is classified as a high-risk sport.

From time to time, it is inevitable that accidents will happen, whether or not it is the fault of the rider or of any of those otherwise concerned, including ourselves. For this reason we make it a condition that anyone coming out with us must have read carefully and must observe the safety requirements, which follow

Insurance Recommendations We strongly recommend that:

  1. You insure yourself whilst out with the Bloodhounds against all risks including any claims which may be made against you arising out of your participation in the days hunting, from injury, loss or damage caused to any rider or third party sustained in the course of or as a result of hunting however or by whomsoever.
  2. You insure yourself and your horse against all risk including injury, loss or damage sustained in the course of or as a result of hunting however or by whomsoever caused, including ourselves and whether or not anyone is to blame.

We draw to your attention that: If you become a member of The Countryside Alliance, you can through such membership, readily obtain suitable insurance cover. If you do not already have the cover as above recommended you should be in touch with The Countryside Alliance immediately in order to put this into effect.

Safety Requirements

The requirements that follow are intended to minimise the risk of those involved and are given in the best interest of the rider.

It is important that you realise that the type of Lines that we are now riding are suitable only for experienced riders and experienced horses. Accordingly, if you wish to bring out a horse of limited experience, you should not do so unless you have had a discussion with one of the Masters responsible for the day, in order to find out if the Line is suitable for your horse. There will be Second Field Masters to escort less experienced riders/horses.

A Safety Officer and Assistant Safety Officer to be appointed to help ensure this Safety Code is complied with. If you have doubt about any aspect relating to safety, please ensure you clarify this with the safety Officer of the Day.

HEADGEAR - FOR BOTH THOSE HUNTING WITH THE TFB AND ANY MOUNTED ASSISTANTS WHENEVER RIDING IN THE COURSE OF THEIR DUTIES WITH HOUNDS. The headgear, which should be worn, is a hunting cap of the established crash helmet variety with fitted safety harness conforming to current British Safety Standards.

BACK PROTECTORS / AIR JACKETS - The Farmers Bloodhounds actively encourage the use of such safety wear. All members of the huting field are welcome to wear such items however we do ask that they are a dark colour and are worn smartly. 

JUMPING - Whenever possible, spread out at a fence and never ride immediately behind the horse in front. Always ride straight at a fence. A horse ridden at an angle may cross the path of others and put them at risk.
If your horse attempts to refuse or refuses, do your best to keep him going on a straight line, do not run down the fence. When a horse in front of you has fallen, you must jump the fence at a safe distance away from the faller.

VISTORS/GUESTS - The onus is on a member to ensure his visitor / guest is suitable to come out and is aware of all conditions, before they become a visitor / guest.

LOOSE HORSES - These must be caught at the earliest possible moment. If necessary the field must stop to enable this to be done.

GATES - All Gates must be shut. If you go through a gate, please either shut it or ensure that somebody behind you will do so by shouting "gate please" to pass the message down the line.

KEEPING TO THE LINES - The direction of the line has been carefully worked out with the Farmers beforehand. If by any chance you get left behind, follow either the path of the Line or go back the way you have come. DO NOT take a Line of your own.

By attending any meet with The Farmers Bloodhounds, the attendees acknowledge and agree that although The Farmers Bloodhounds have taken every precaution and followed government guidance, it is impossible to eliminate all risks and there is a potential for unintended transmission of COVID-19. All those attending must minimise the risk to themselves and others by complying with government guidelines as well as any on site instructions and signage. The Farmers Bloodhounds have the right to refuse entry or request departure from the premises should there be any breach of the COVID-19 protocols put in place.

Horse Safety

When in the hunting field a RED ribbon should be worn around your horses tail if it is likely to kick. If your horse is young or green and you aren't sure how they will react to being ridden in a group please do the same with GREEN ribbon. Some people find tape to be more secure than ribbon. 

These are warnings to others, however it is not the responsibility of others to avoid these horses but the responsibility of the riders to make sure that their mounts do no harm to others. For that reason it is recommended they stay at the back of the field.

Always give everyone room whether they are wearing a ribbon or not. 

Its not just other horses to consider, riders whether on new, old, young, green or experienced horses should turn them to face hounds and NEVER allow a horse to kick a hound.