Every year, roughly 30 million Americans alone mount up and go for a horseback ride. At the same time, roughly 2300 riders under the age of 25 are hospitalized due to some form of riding injury. The injuries occur because some activities involving horses, such as jumping and cross country, are inherently dangerous. They are dangerous because the animal involved can weigh as much as 1500 pounds, move at speeds of 30 miles per hour, and be 9 feet tall.
The majority of injuries are the result of individuals falling off of their horse. These can result in severe and sometimes even fatal injuries. Fortunately, those are the majority. The most frequent injuries are bruises, strains, sprains, broken bones, dislocations, and concussions. Spinal and head injuries are still possible.
Injuries are common in the upper extremities such as the wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Injuries to the lower extremities, including the knee, ankle, and foot, are more common in rodeos and less common in more mainstream equestrian activities.
A large number of injuries also take place while the human is on the ground. They can occur while the horse is being groomed, handled, or fed. As sweet as a horse may be, it is still an animal that is frequently unpredictable. In addition, horses are easily scared. So while the animal may not mean to hurt the person, the horse can get frightened and knock a person over in its haste to get away from its tormenter, real or imagined.
If you have been injured in a horseback riding accident, please contact the Kenosha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-866-499-4700 to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.