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Injuries on Horseback

Though the Wild West may be long gone, horseback riding remains a huge part of our national identity. Every year, nearly thirty million Americans saddle up in one form or another, from the competitive racing of the professional circuit to guide-led leisurely ambles through scenic mountain ranges.

As satisfying as this pastime is for so many, however, it is also exceptionally dangerous. In fact, horseback riding carries a higher rate of injury than motorcycling, with the former averaging one major accident per 350 hours compared to one per 7,000 for the other.

Though graceful, horses are also incredibly powerful. They can weigh up to 1,500 pounds, stand over three meters tall, and move at speeds up to thirty miles per hour. A fall from one of these animals can easily result in fatal complications. Even the tamest horse is liable to buck a rider without warning when startled or threatened.

Common areas and types of injury in horseback riding include:

  • Upper extremities – wrist, elbow, shoulder
  • Lower extremities – knee, ankle, foot (more common in rodeo activities)
  • Paralysis and other major neurological complications
  • Bruises, strains, sprains, and similar soft tissue injuries
  • Fractures, dislocation, and concussions

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