Horse riding comes in all different forms. From hacking to show jumping to dressage and cross country; each form has its enjoyable elements, but also has its dangerous elements too. This is a quick guide to how you can prevent injuries and injury claims.
Wearing the right clothing to prevent horse riding injuries
This is perhaps one of the most important things you need to do before even getting on a horse. The most vital piece of clothing is a riding hat. Make sure it meets EU standards so you know it will protect your head from any fall injury.
As well as this, depending on what type of horse riding you do, you may want to invest in a body protector which will help prevent any fall injury to your back or chest if you do fall off.
This is especially important if you are doing cross country or show jumping. You may also want to get some jodhpur boots as you need suitable footwear with a small heel to ensure your feet do not get stuck in the stirrups, so that if a slip, trip or fall does occur you can fall off as safely as possible.
What happens if I do have a fall accident?
If you do fall off a horse, the most important thing to remember, to minimise any fall injury, is to curl up into a ball as you land. This will not only keep your fingers and toes away from being crushed by hooves but will also protect your vital organs thus helping prevent a serious fall claim.
Also, make sure that you fall away from the horse to avoid crushing injuries. If your horse has lost its footing or has tripped then try to roll away from the horse, as crushing injuries would be a lot more severe than a simple fall injury.
But, if you have had a fall accident within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you are eligible, and how much you could be entitled to. Accident Advice Helpline is an law firm aimed at helping clients get the best results with as little stress as possible.
Date Published: November 27, 2013
Author: David Brown