Injuries happen. At the last horse show I was at I saw a man in a cast and the first thing I asked was, “Horse related accident?” to which he responded, “No, I just tripped.” We both laughed and I told him he really needed a better story, or at least a better build up. But the incident got me thinking. Horses can be dangerous, but so can many other hobbies. This spring my 14 year old nephew broke his ankle/leg when he landed wrong during basketball. Another friend injured her knee in the same way. Several people I know hurt themselves simply walking, or rather, while simply walking.
Horses can be dangerous but there are ways that we can make them safer including educating both the horse and the rider and by simply being aware.
Here are some interesting statistics;
- one in five injuries related to horses happens before mounting up
- most dismounted injuries are more serious than mounted injuries
- dismounted injuries tend to be kicks
- mounted injuries tend to be falls
Total pro sports ranked horseback riding at #7 in comparison with other sports-
- Horseback riding
- Ice hockey
There are many interesting products out there to help reduce the chance of injury. Riding helmets are the most widely known and recommended piece of safety equipment. Others include safety vests and break away stirrups.
How dangerous do you consider horseback riding to be? What is the worst wreck you have been in or witnessed?
P.S.-Here is an interesting video on breakaway stirrups.