By Tania Millen, BSc, MJ
An online poll conducted by Horse Community Journals Inc. about the prevalence of riding accidents sheds light on the startling frequency of injuries among equestrians.
The poll garnered responses from 930 equestrians of which a mere 3% of respondents advised they had “never parted ways with their horse” while 44% shared they had suffered serious or major injuries that required prolonged recovery or absence from riding. Results underscore the importance of adopting protective measures to mitigate the risk of injury.
The poll asked, “Have you ever had a riding accident where you fell off your horse, or the horse fell on you?” Equestrians responded as follows.
- No Injuries, but Close Calls: 22% (202 votes) of respondents reported having experienced a riding accident without sustaining injuries.
- Minor Injuries and Swift Recovery: 29% (272 votes) shared that they suffered minor injuries but were able to resume riding within a few days.
- Serious Injuries and Prolonged Recovery: A concerning 35% (321 votes) disclosed suffering serious injuries that hindered their ability to ride for several weeks or even months.
- Major Injuries and Prolonged Absence: 9% (86 votes) faced major injuries, enduring an extended hiatus from riding exceeding a year.
- Psychological Impact: 2% (20 votes) admitted to losing their nerve post-accident and never riding again, revealing the profound psychological toll that riding accidents can inflict.
- Unscathed Riders: 3% (29 votes) asserted they have never parted ways with their horse.
The findings underscore the inherent risks associated with enjoying horse sport and highlight the imperative for riders to prioritize safety measures. These could include:
- Enlisting the guidance of certified riding instructors to enhance skills and promote safe practices.
- Enjoying horses aligned with your skill level.
- Utilizing protective gear such as helmets and vests, to minimize the impact of potential falls.
Horse Community Journals Inc. urges the equestrian community to reflect on these findings and take proactive steps to ensure the safety of both riders and horses.
For additional information or help targeting desired clientele with your safety-related products and services, please contact Horse Community Journals Inc.
Here’s more information.
Head First - Horse Riding Accidents and Concussions | Horse Journals
The Psychology of Concussion | Horse Journals
How to Fall Off a Horse | Horse Journals
11 Reasons for Not Wearing a Riding Helmet | Horse Journals
Dangers of Equestrian Activities Studied | Horse Journals
How to Select and Fit an Equestrian Riding Helmet | Horse Journals
Road Safety for Equestrians | Horse Journals
Keeping Children Safe While Handling Horses - the research may surprise you | Horse Journals
Horse Community Journals Inc. proudly serves all sectors of Canada’s horse community by publishing original, award-winning, high-calibre news and investigative journalism. Titles include Canadian Horse Journal, Canada's Equine Guide, HORSEJournals.com, The Hoofbeat E-Newsletter.