Horse riding is a popular sport in the UK with both adults and children alike. While the hobby can be an exhilarating and relaxing experience, it is important to remember that it should be enjoyed with caution to avoid sport-related injury.
Common causes of horse riding falls
While equestrian falls are somewhat inevitable for both keen and occasional horse riders, it is wise to have an awareness of the causes of falls to help prevent avoidable accidents.
Common causes of equestrian falls include:
- Lack of concentration from the rider
- Unsuitable equipment
- Problematic or inadequate flooring
- Insufficient tightening of the girth
- Unpredictability of a horse’s temperament
Other horse riding injuries
In addition to slips and falls from a horse’s back, there are a number of other incidents that can cause a sport-related injury.
Following an equestrian fall, riders are at risk from further injury if the horse also falls and lands upon the rider. Horses weigh up to 500kg and impact such as this can cause severe injury to a rider of any age, and sometimes fatality.
Other accidents which can lead to horse riding injuries include slips, trips and falls, horse bites, horse kicks. There is also a chance of suffocation and fractures when guiding and manoeuvring horses.
Who is to blame for your horse riding accident?
It is sometimes difficult to determine the cause of a horse riding incident. Some injuries are sustained purely by accident, however, in some cases it may be that a third party is responsible for the harm suffered.
If you believe your accident was due to a complication that wasn’t your fault such as defective equipment, unsuitable flooring or unsuitable management of horse riding sessions, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for your horse riding injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm, established in 2000, now with years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims.
Working on a no win no fee* basis, however you sustained your horse riding injury, if you believe you were not to blame, Accident Advice Helpline can work through the details of your public accident to help you establish if your case is eligible for compensation.
Call our freephone line today, and speak with a member of our specialist team. Lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week. Call 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice