What are the Risks of Horse Back Riding Injuries?
Horseback riding can be fun, but it can also be dangerous. When you mount a horse, you're up to 15 feet off the ground on a live animal who weighs in near 1000 pounds. Horses can be unpredictable and can spook easily, prompting injuries. Commonly, horseback riding injuries are characterized by the following statistics:
- in 2007, 78,279 people were sent to the emergency room with horseback riding injuries
- 15% were due to head injuries, the leading cause of death
- 5% were concussions, which is double what most sports rate
- 41% were treated for sprains
- 33.3% fractured or dislocated something
- 40% were bruised
- an estimated 100 deaths per year
Often, stables offer horseback rides but can neglect to offer riders a helmet to protect themselves. Given these rates of injury, it is a smart idea to use a helmet when you ride. Consider these ways to protect yourself from injuries when you're on a horse.
Prevent Head Injuries Next Time Your Ride a Horse
Head injuries account for approximately 60% of horseback riding deaths every year. To protect riders, the Equestrian Medical Safety Association recommends the following safety tips:
- Wear a properly fitted helmet while on a horse
- Wear a protective vest
- Ensure stirrups fit properly
- Wear closed toe shoes, preferably boots
- Never walk behind a horse
- Keep your horse a safe distance from any horses in front of it
- Do not make sudden movements or noises near a horse
If you have suffered a horseback riding injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To determine whether you are eligible, please call a skilled personal injury attorney.