The things people will do to get attention and out-do their friends when it comes to the ice bucket challenge never cease to amaze. In the clip shown below, a young woman sitting on a horse (bareback and in a swimsuit) proceeds to pour a bucket of cold water over herself. Not surprisingly, this not only shocks her, but also the horse. The horse bolts and, after almost sliding off its back, the woman is thrown forward, over the horse’s head and onto the ground.
Most horses tend to be quite easily spooked. Throwing cold water at horses is definitely one of those things that will make just about any one of them bolt, however mild mannered or relaxed it may otherwise be. Judging by the way the horse was moving before it got hit by the water, it was already quite nervous for some reason or another. Its reaction to the woman emptying the bucket was inevitable.
Bareback on spooked horses
Riding bareback is difficult at the best of times, but trying to stay on a spooked horse without tack and dripping wet is a fine art even highly experienced riders would have the sense of trying to avoid. What this woman was thinking is anybody’s guess, but when she picked up that bucket, she took her life into her hands. The fall off the horse alone could have caused life-changing or fatal personal injuries. Landing right in front of the horse could have added further accidental injuries by the horse trampling her.
Falling from heights like in slips, trips and falls down stairs; off scaffolding or off a horse in a horse riding accident, for instance, can result in injuries of varying severity. Some people are lucky and walk away from falling off a horse with a few minor cuts and bruises. Others suffer serious head or spinal injuries and spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair or in a coma. In many cases, riders do not survive their horse riding injuries. Being trampled by a horse also increases the risk of suffering severe injuries to the head, chest or abdomen.
Claiming for injuries
If someone else spooked your horse and you suffered a horse riding injury as a result, you may qualify for compensation. The nationwide legal team of Accident Advice Helpline can help you to get the compensation due to you.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice