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Horse Riding Safety by Rob Daniels

Horse Riding Safety

Studies by the Center for Disease Control show that horse back riding accounts for a large percentage of the serious accidents reported yearly. Based on numbers of participants injured, the most dangerous horse activity is riding for pleasure. Injuries occurred most in outdoor recreational areas, followed by commercial stables or riding schools. No amount of experience will protect a rider's head in a fall. Many riding stables now require (and provide) helmets for kids, as a safety precaution.


Whether you're a novice or experienced rider, safety equipment must be worn every time to prevent injury. It benefits trainers and riders alike, whether for show or pleasure. Riders wearing approved equestrian helmets have a far lower probability of head injury than riders wearing helmets designed for other sports. If you have a fall and hit your head, or damage you helmet by dropping it, be sure to purchase a new helmet before riding again.


Some States have contemplated filing bills with the hope the number of head injuries as a result of horseback riding will decrease.


When riding, children should also be required to wear riding or other boots with a slight heel for safety. This will not only provide a level of protection if their toes are stepped on, but it will ensure that their foot does not slip through the stirrup.


Additionally, riders should ride in pairs or be sure that someone is around while they are mounted. Horses are amazing creatures, and can bring great joy, but it is important you use common sense and safety equipment when riding.


About the Author:
Rob Daniels has been an equestrian rider for 25 years. He has studied various disciplines additional articles are available at: Riding Stable - http://www.riding-stable.com and Horse Stall http://www.horse-stall.net



About the Author
Dean Erickson. Journalist, and web site builder Dean Erickson lives in Texas. He is the owner and co-editor of horses-for-sale-directory.info on which you will find a longer, more detailed version of this article.