Prevent Equestrian Injury

Prevent Equestrian Injury - Learn to Fall

The Supervision and education of novice horse riders is essential.

Supervise children and novice riders around horses and at all times when riding.

Start safety education early. Parents of child riders must ensure they themselves are knowledgeable about horse safety.

Well-conducted riding lessons, taught in safe surroundings by experienced riding instructors are an ideal way to learn to ride.

Lessons taught in a riding arena create an excellent environment to learn in.

Riding helmets prevent injury

Horse and Rider Fall

So wear a protective helmet whenever riding as they can prevent head injuries and many horse riding related deaths.

Riding helmets should comply with current safety standards. They should have either no peak or a collapsible one and always be worn securely fastened.

Ensure any small children always wear a riding helmet around horses, as kicks to small heads can result in severe head injuries.

Increase your safety with reliable good quality riding equipment.

Always wear sturdy boots in the vicinity of horses. Your feet are easily crushed by your horses weight.

When mounted wear riding boots (smooth soled, heeled, elastic-sided or long).

Use stirrups 2-3cm wider than the boot. Consider safety stirrups for children and novice riders. A foot caught in a stirrup can mean you are dragged over bumpy ground.

  • Routinely check your reins your saddle and other horse tack for serviceable condition.
  • Carry out maintenance whenever needed.
  • Competitive riders should always consider body protectors which can reduce
    the severity of soft tissue injuries.
  • Face guards and knee pads are appropriate for polo players.
  • Gloves can provide some hand protection.
Make safety your number one priority at equestrian events and competitions.

Insist on the mandatory use of riding helmets that comply with current safety standards, by all competitors.

Use energy absorbing ground surfaces where possible.

Check and maintain ground conditions and fencing.

Always have on-the-spot medical treatment facilities available (first aid, paramedical or medical personnel).

Make sure their is a designated First Aid practitioner, well trained in dealing with the types of injuries caused while riding, by falls or by horse kicks, bites and bumps.