Helmet safety (part 4) - General advice
Published 03-04-2010 9:31 AM
This Blog was written by Ron Friedson, from Pegasus Helmets.
Some General Safety Information
While the late Christopher Reeves is the most well known modern day avoidable riding accident, on a regular basis riders break the safety rules, and therefore increase the risk of being hurt. In the various equestrian associations rulebooks there is a section on horse/rider suitability. It has no specific guidelines. When it was written, horses were as common as automobiles and everyone knew what it meant, as well as modern coffee drinkers know what a Starbucks is.
So following is a short list of some of the more common behaviors to avoid!
1. Being improperly mounted for the situation. As a simple example: If you are exhausted from being up all night with allergies, tell your riding instructor that it is not the day to put you on the horse that is at the edge of your abilities
2. Riding a horse you don't know, through locations neither you nor the horse know. When you have a number of unknowns, be extra alert, discuss with a professional the logic of the idea before going out to ride.
3. Riding where you don't belong. We are not talking about property rights in this case, rather locations where you belong on foot, not on horseback.
- The first offending location is inside a barn. Not a year goes by, when someone doesn't get hurt by being thrown by a horse into a beam or door handle or similar inside a barn.
- The next common location for preventable injuries is the barnyard. If there are tractors, wheelbarrows and other objects nearby, don't mount up in those areas, go into the riding ring.
- Remember that your riding helmet is limited by the laws of physics, it cannot protect you from the impact of being thrown hard into a metal object at the speed a horse can eject you.