I’ve been injured whilst riding someone else’s horse, can I claim? If you want an answer to this question, then contact us here at Accident Advice Helpline.
Around three million people in the UK ride horses. It is a popular activity that appeals to both adults and children. However, many people often forget that horses can be unpredictable and underestimate how dangerous the sport can be.
If you have suffered an injury riding some else’s horse, you may be able to claim compensation if you can prove that the accident was the result of someone else’s negligence. As with any sport, it can be difficult to determine who is responsible for an accident, and for some accidents no one is at fault. Our expert lawyers will be able to assess whether you have a valid claim or not.
Horse riding accidents
Horse riding accidents can have a variety of causes, including defective equipment. These may include riding hats, bridles, reins, saddles or girths. Riders can be injured if the girth is not fastened correctly, causing the saddle to slip and the rider to fall. Riding on an unsuitable surface can also lead to accidents. Horse riders may also be involved in road accidents. Other accidents may be caused by riders being given unsuitable mounts.
Horses, like humans, have different temperaments, so an inexperienced rider should not be given a horse that is difficult to handle. Accidents can arise as a result of poor leadership or management. When riding in a group, there will usually be one rider or instructor whose task it is to organise the hack. Ideally, any group should have two experienced riders at the front and rear to organise the other less experienced riders. A failure to plan properly and give the correct signals to traffic can lead to accidents.
Horse riding injuries
A horse is a large animal which at full gallop can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Being thrown from a horse at this speed can result in serious injuries. Spinal injuries, broken bones and brain damage are some of the more serious injuries a rider may suffer. Sometimes an individual falls from a horse due to a lack of concentration on the part of the rider, but if the fall is caused by defective equipment then a claim may be possible.
Falls from a horse can result in serious injuries, but if the horse falls on top of its rider the injuries can in some cases be fatal. A horse weighs around 500 kg and may be as tall as an adult, so it is no surprise that a horse falling on its rider results in such serious injuries.
Making a claim
If you have been injured while horse riding, you may be able to claim compensation for the injuries that you have suffered. As with any other kind of personal injury claim, there are strict time limits after which you will not be able to claim. Contact one of our advisors on our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 or try the 30-second test on our website.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown