For many people, horse riding is an enjoyable, relaxing experience, when riding through a beautiful park or open countryside. However, it can also cause many slip, trip and fall injuries. Not only this but the fall injury could lead to further injuries if you fall near the horse’s hooves or if the horse gets spooked and starts lashing out.
How to know when a horse is getting nervous to avoid horse riding accidents
There are many indicators a horse will demonstrate if he or she is starting to get nervous, and you need to be aware of these to prevent any slip, trip or fall injuries. If the horse stops suddenly, and it takes a while to get the horse to walk on, this may be a sign that something is not quite right.
If the horse does this, then look around and read its body language, are they trying to back away? Are their ears facing back? These are signs the horse may be nervous and may decide to bolt, so be prepared to minimise any horse riding accidents.
What should you do to avoid horse riding accidents claims if you are near a horse that is showing these signs?
If you are not riding but you are in a field or stables with a horse showing these signs, then back away and don’t look the horse in the eye as he or she may see you as a threat. The horse may try to bite or kick you as a method of defence, which could lead to a nasty fall injury or worse.
A horse’s bite or kick can be painful and could lead to a serious accident claim. If you are in charge of the horse in question grab his or her head collar, or bridal, firmly and stay by its side reassuring it whilst being able to avoid being bitten or kicked.
What happens if an accident occurs?
If you are kicked or bitten by a horse and it wasn’t you fault then you may be able to make an accident claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline about accident compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm aimed at helping its clients get the best results.
To find out how much you could claim, take the 30-second compensation calculator test, or speak to someone at the advice line which is answered 24/7.
Date Published: November 27, 2013
Author: David Brown