Do horses pose a safety risk?

Many people find horses to be beautiful, magnificent animals. They are powerful, yet sleek. And whether you are a professional rider or enjoy horseback riding for sport, horses can help you access terrain another mode of transportation might not allow you to see or win trophies for dancing gracefully.

Undoubtedly, riding horseback can be thrilling. Whether racing, jumping or exploring your farmland, few moments match those experienced on horseback. However, as beautiful and enjoyable as it is to be on or around horses, there are also risks involved.

You could potentially sustain serious injuries

It is difficult to predict an animal’s behavior. And there is virtually no way to tell what might spook a horse, especially one with whom you are unfamiliar. Some people might only consider horse-related injuries to be directly related to riding. But as you spend time in the barn, tacking up or brushing down after your ride, a horse could potentially bite or kick you. And serious injuries could be occur as you ride.

Even the gentlest horse could cause injuries if it reared back unexpectedly or fell due to losing its footing. And experienced riders are not exempt from getting hurt.

Common horse-related injuries include:

  • Contusions
  • Lacerations
  • Concussion
  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Brain injury

Naturally, bruises and small cuts are not life-altering. However, many of the injuries you could suffer from your involvement with horses may have long-term effects. And while you might love horses, you may be wise to consider the potential risks involved prior to your next ride.