What to do after a fall from a horse
Whether you are an experienced horse rider, or a first time rider who has fallen off, you should know what to do in case you fall off of the horse well before you get in the saddle. A fall from a horse can cause serious back and spinal injuries, head trauma and a variety of other serious conditions. You need to know what you should do so that you don’t cause yourself any serious damage.
A whiplash injury in Alveston is a common complaint after a fall from a horse and, although it shouldn’t be life threatening, is still something to take seriously. If you feel that you have been allowed to ride the horse negligently, or that the horse was not properly equipped for riding, you may be able to claim compensation for a whiplash injury in Alveston caused by a fall from a horse. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to find out more.
Stay where you are
The first thing you should do after falling from a horse is stay exactly where you are for a moment to make sure that you are not any more badly injured than you first suspect. If you have sustained a spinal injury then you should not move at all, and alert others to the fact that you think you have injured your neck or head so that they don’t try to move you either. It can take a moment for the shock to wear off after your fall, so stay put.
Move slightly to check for pain and whiplash injury in Alveston
Bit by bit, you should start to move your joints and neck a little, too see if there is any pain or feeling that you are unused to, and to check for a whiplash injury in Alveston. If anything feels strange, painful or even numb, alert others to the situation and ask someone to call for an ambulance.
Sit up and look for any bleeding
Once you have ascertained that no bones are broken or damaged, you can sit up and check yourself over to see if there are any places on your body which are bleeding or may require medical attention. Check carefully and try to be aware of any pain that you feel coming from a specific part of your body.
Look after your horse
If you have been thrown from your horse then your horse is likely to be distressed and may require you and other people to calm it down and make it feel comfortable again. Even if you have just fallen, it may have thrown the horse off a little and you should wait until you know that the animal is calm before you consider getting back on again.
Date Published: 19th April 2014
Author: David Brown