What Every Horse Rider Needs to Know
Motorcycle riders experience a serious injury every 7,000 hours of
riding. In contrast, horse riders have a serious injury - every 350
In 2007, 78,000 people were seen in emergency rooms in
the United States due to horse-related injuries; 9,600 of those needing
further hospital treatment. In fact, horseback riding ranked first for
the largest percentage of emergency visits for nonfatal traumatic brain
injuries, in terms of sport related injuries.
Saddle Up SAFELY
is a horse riding safety campaign, led by Kentucky's First Lady, Jane
Beshear, and John Long, CEO of United States Equestrian Federation, as
well as UK HealthCare, the UK College of Agriculture, and over 20
community and horse-related organizations. This effort recently
launched a billboard campaign to generate awareness of this safety
issue. Through Saddle Up SAFELY, UK HealthCare seeks to educate current
and future riders about the hazards of riding. In addition we want to
promote simple steps that can be taken to prevent accidents. The hope is
to encourage the horse riding public to practice safe horsemanship,
therefore reducing the number and severity of horse riding injuries.
campaign could not come at a better time with the World Equestrian
Games around the corner, which UK HealthCare will be the official
medical provider. If you go to the Saddle Up SAFELY website, you will
see there are plenty of safety tips and advice from Dr. Camargo, a UK
horse riding safety expert. See below for the website address. There
is also an interactive section where horse riders who have safety tips
or have been injured previously, can share their stories and advice. If
you are among those who submit entries, you could have a chance to win
four tickets to the FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games this fall. Visit
the website for further instructions.
If you would like hard
copies of the Saddle Up SAFELY booklet, call Connie Brewer at
859-323-5508 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saddle Up SAFELY Website: