Equestrian-related accidents, along with motoring accidents and slips, trips and falls, account for the world’s highest rates of accidental injuries.
Common equestrian-related accidents
Often the result of being thrown or falling of a horse, horse-riding injuries are common among inexperienced riders and people riding for the first time. Riders’ injuries can be very serious, and may include:
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Orthopaedic injuries
- Musculoskeletal injuries
Working with horses also exposes equestrians to the risk of injury by being kicked or trampled on, slipping or tripping, or being bitten by horses.
Causes of equestrian-related accidents
Top causes of horse riding accidents include:
- Inadequate training, riders and/or horses
- Riders not understanding horses’ behaviour and psyche
- Lack of or faulty attire, such as safety hats, and equipment, including saddle and reins
- Lack of attention towards riders, drivers, other people around horses
- Lack of adequate preparation for emergencies
- Unsuitable selection of horse, such as an inexperienced rider paired with temperamental or nervous horse
Poor housekeeping in stables is often the cause of injuries by slips or trips.
The five top ways of preventing equestrian-related accidents are:
- Provision of adequate training
- Provision of adequate information on how a horse thinks, acts and responds
- Provision of well-maintained attire and equipment
- Selection of horse suitable for rider’s level of experience and riding style
- Preparation of riders for possible emergencies
Paying proper attention to every detail before, as well as during and after rides is also essential in order to prevent equestrian-related accidents. Stable accidents like slips and trips can be prevented by good housekeeping.
Liability of owners
Owners of stables, horses and horse riding facilities for holidaymakers are responsible for the health and safety of riders and stable employees.
As such, they must take the necessary steps to prevent personal injuries. Should they fail to do so, they could be held liable to pay personal injury compensation.
What this means for you
Should you sustain an injury by falling, tripping or slipping while horse riding or working at a stable as a result of negligence or because someone else made a mistake, you should be able to claim for accidental injury compensation.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we are a law firm that specialises in injury compensation claims. Our legal team is highly experienced in all areas of the industry and, as such, this results in an exceptional success rate.
Ensure your claim is successful by calling one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 689 0500.