Owning and riding a horse may be among one of the most pleasurable and satisfying experiences that a person can do in life. However, it is important to receive adequate training in order to avoid unnecessary accidents and injuries, as inadequate training could result in slips, trips and falls.
How common are falls from a horse?
According to statistics published by the British Horse Society, in 2012, seven per cent of accidents resulted in a serious injury to the rider. Falls from a horse are the major cause of injury (up to 80 per cent), followed by crushing injuries inflicted by the horse or horse kicks.
The major cause of severe injury in horse riders is from a head injury resulting from a fall from the horse. Many riders do not wear a protective helmet, or wear an inadequate helmet, or a helmet which is dislodged from the head during the fall.
What other injuries can be caused by inadequate training with a horse?
Less severe injuries, from inadequate training, are predominantly bruises, cuts, abrasions (particularly to the face), fractures (mainly to the arm), and joint sprains. Horses can be prone to bite if they feel threatened. Always be careful when approaching an unfamiliar horse.
What can I do in order to help prevent injury?
Before deciding to go riding, always ensure that you have followed all training guidelines and proper procedures. Be sure to wear adequate safety clothing including helmet, proper footwear, and body protector and if possible, a hi-visibility vest or jacket. Always exercise caution around the hind legs of a horse as they are well designed for kicking.Open Claim Calculator
Young children are the demographic most affected by horse injuries, and should not be allowed to play in the vicinity of horses. Novices should be accompanied at all times. If taking a horse on the road for the first time, be sure to be accompanied by an experienced and calm rider.
Be sure to save an emergency contact to your mobile phone. Save the details as ICE (In case of emergency), and should the emergency services have to respond to an accident, they will have a person to contact.
Proper training can help to prevent any unnecessary and avoidable injuries and accidents, and courses are frequently run throughout the United Kingdom. Search online to find a course near you.
If you have been injured during equestrian training and it wasn’t your fault, then call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making your claim.