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.