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Q: Event Riding and the statistics that my over protective father needs to know!!! ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Event Riding and the statistics that my over protective father needs to know!!!
Category: Sports and Recreation > Training
Asked by: latte-ga
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Posted: 25 Aug 2003 09:35 PDT
Expires: 24 Sep 2003 09:35 PDT
Question ID: 248536
I would like to know statistics of injuries in equestrian eventing/
combined training I need a web address where the site would tell all
statistics that indicated how dangerous the sport is. Graphs or charts
would be more helpfull than articalls.If you personally have any facts
those would be helpful Thank you soooooo much, I need
this question answered or my dad will never let me event again!!!!
Subject: Re: Event Riding and the statistics that my over protective father needs to know
Answered By: techtor-ga on 25 Aug 2003 11:39 PDT
Hello Latte,
I hope the information I have presented here for you will help. I
could not find specific accident statistics for your type of
equestrian sport, so I hope general equestrian statistics will do.
Also, some of the information is in article form, since that is still
a common way to present statistics:

American Red Cross of Central Texas - Workplace Training Sports Safety
Training (with sports injury statistics, yearly injuries, a 1994

Sports accident victims (extrapolation comparison bfu/SSUV), 1999 -
Switzerland (Compare equestrian with the rest)

American Medical Equestrian Association News page - contains many
links to statistics to Equestrian accidents and safety

Statistical Information on Injuries in the Horse Business - Summary by
Emmy R. Miller, PhD, RN:

Equestrian Related Trauma: Should They be Triaged to a Regional Trauma
Center? - Oregon Health and Science University

Here's an article that says that says something interesting: that most
accidents with horses happen when the rider is dismounted, and not
Longeing Safety By Jayne Pedigo -

Contact Sport Brain Injury Statistics - content courtesy of The Brain
Injury Association, NJ

Horsetalk -- Horse Help: Riding Injuries on Horsetalk, New Zealand's
source for equine news and information

Equestrian Related Injuries: Injury Prevention Research Centre Fact
Sheet 32, December 2000. New Zealand 1993-1998
- Something on head-injury statistics in equestrian events.

Australian Injury Prevention Bulletin - #24 on horse riding

Equestrian Safety: A Guide to Promotion of Helmet Use for Riding Clubs
and Communities - from Harborview Injury Prevention and Research
Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle WA
- Maybe you could show your father that you consult a safety manual,
and that there are ways to avoid injuries (and deaths) in horseback

Accident Statistics - First Aid for Minor Emergencies
- You could show your father that horse-riding is not top among causes
of accidents here

Website with list of studies, but text not available:
NSIC - Sport Information - Sports Journal Update

General Canadian Injury Statistics (mentions equestrian along with
other categories)

Google Search:
equestrian sport injury statistics
equestrian sports accident statistics
horse riding injury statistics
world horse riding accident statistics
equestrian sport safety statistics

Since you searched for this information because you are at odds with
your father on your event riding, let me add some two cents. I can
understand your frustration. I'm sure your father loves you, and is
concerned for your safety, as any father would be, but I guess you do
need a lot of patience with him. I would encourage you not to talk
angrily with him, as that sort of reaction tends might make him
angrier with you in turn. You could calmly reassure him that the
sport, though no sport is completely safe, it is safe enough with the
precautions required for the sport and you enjoy it very much, and
that it will build you as a person. Of course, you as a rider must
observe all the safety steps required by the sport.

I hope this has been a most helpful answer. If you have any problem
with it, do please post a Request for Clarification and I shall
respond as soon as I can. Thank you.
Subject: Re: Event Riding and the statistics that my over protective father needs to know!!!
From: probonopublico-ga on 25 Aug 2003 09:41 PDT
I used to worry like hell about my two daughters who, fortunately,
never suffered anything more than a broken collar bone.

That was Samantha, the younger one, who started riding at about age 4.

It is a very dangerous sport, as horses can be very unpredictable.

On behalf of your Dad, please take up a less dangerous sport.
Subject: Re: Event Riding and the statistics that my over protective father needs to know!!!
From: emocorechild-ga on 30 Oct 2003 18:19 PST
horseback riding is a very dangerous sport, but so is any sport.
just like any sport you need to know the rules(for safety) and how to
play correctly.

i have been riding since i was 4, and my first horse was an x-race
horse. now that was a stupid move... and that was dangerous. i now
have another x-race horse, he is 4 years old. but now that i have been
riding for so many years, its ok.

experiance does not save your life though, it helps... but a clear
head and safety is what saves your life.

keep up with riding, its wonderful. and you can never have too much
fear and respect for the horse, dont get over confident, then youll
run into trouble.

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