Horse riding is one of the most dangerous sports. Injuries sustained in horse riding are similar to those sustained in by motor cyclists. The most common injuries involve the upper part of the body, with head injuries being the most common.   The horse riding injury rate is 1/350 to 1/1,000 riding hours. 15%-27% of injuries are severe enough for hospital admission.

Equestrian Injury Prevention (Horse Riding Injury Prevention)
Because horse riding injuries are so common it is very important to utilize all possible preventive measures.  Wearing correct fitting safety equipment is paramount.  Horse riding protective equipment begins with an appropriate, well fitting helmet.  There are a wide variety of riding helmets available.  Riding helmets are designed to minmize the incidence of head injury.  The helmet must be fastened at all times when riding.  

It is important to wear high-visibility (hi-viz) clothing when horse back riding.  These clothing are typically fluorescent or reflective.  It is important to where high-visibility clothing any time you are out hourse back riding.  When riding near roadways it allows drivers to see you much sooner and have time to react and keep a safe distant. Equally as important, when riding in fields and away from any traffic, high-visibility clothing allows helicopter pilots to see horse riders up a a half-a-mile sooner and avoid flying directly over them, or help locate an injured rider.  

Horse riding boots are essential, mainly to prevent the riders foot from getting caught in the stirrup during a fall and leading to the rider being dragged.  Riding boots should be smooth with a through sole and a small heel.  

Body protectors can prevent or lessen injuries sustained when falling from a horse or being kicken or trodden by a horse.  Body protectors must be fitted appropriatetely and maintained.  

Be aware of your environment.  There are certain things that commonly spook a horse and can cause a rider to be thrown.  It is important to know your horse and any possible distraction you may encounter on your ride.  Dogs, low flying aircraft, helicopters and fireworks or gunshots commonly spook a horse and can cause a rider to be thrown.  

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