Safety and Risk Assessment for Horses

About SARA4H

SARA4H evolved from Sarah Houstoun’s experience of a threatened equine industry, her enthusiasm for horses and riding and her 2002 business management diploma studies.

Passionate about the horse industry, Sarah focused her research (supported by LANTRA) on learning what she could do to find a solution to the escalating problems, litigation and threat of closure facing riding schools.

With help from her network of legal, insurance, environmental health, safety, emergency services and equestrian experts, Sarah developed a pre-accident initiative, which was launched in 2005 with the support of the Country Land and Business Association. The initiative, SARA4H or Safety And Risk Assessment For Horses, is a straightforward and practical system that enables business operators to identify, control and reduce the risks for everyone on their premises.

Will happily recommend Safety and Risk Assessment for Horses.Jane Holderness-Roddam

West Kingston Stud

SARA4H was tried and tested through a pilot project with Cumbria Tourism in 2005 and has since been used by riding schools, livery yards, studs, polo clubs, training yards, facility-centres, show grounds, holiday centres and animal sanctuaries up and down the country.

Preparation, information and handouts are excellent.Sandra Morrison BHSI

The Old Stableyard Livery

Growing out of her early work with riding schools and other equine businesses, Sarah set up an online shop, Rural Safety Signs, in 2006. This one-stop shop provides specialist signage and safety equipment for rural businesses. Signs are made to order and customers can be sure of detailed Fire Procedure, Emergency Contact Details, Rules for Riding in an Arena and many other notices that have been specifically designed to meet the needs of those working with horses. There is a specialist Fire & Emergency Information Box, which was developed in consultation with Jim Green of Hampshire Fire & Rescue Services. SARA4H has also been involved in designing signs for Riding and Road Safety training and tests.

For further information please visit our sister site, Rural Safety Signs


Sarah is available to share her accumulated expertise and experience, delivering key note presentations to policy makers, enabling the owners of equine businesses to survive and thrive. Working with her clients on more detailed expert reports, Sarah is able to help tackle some of the external issues facing equine businesses and their premises.