Horse Riding Safety

Horse riding may be a rewarding and enjoyable pastime activity as well as hobby if steps are taken to minimize risk and increase riding safety. However, as with all things in life, it is not possible to eliminate all dangers completely. Still, by becoming educated about horse riding safety, you can take meaningful steps to ensure that the chances for injury are lowered. The following are some tips and suggestions on how to maximize horse riding safety.

Riding Lessons

Riders who are new to this pastime activity should get lessons from a professional horse rider. While riding lessons can cost people a substantial amount of money, they are well worth it for the amount of rider safety that they will provide new riders. New riders can reduce the costs of riding lessons by sharing the cost with a lesson partner of the same, limited skill level. Some instructors even encourage this setup by offering discounted rates for groups of two or more students.

Helmet Safety

Helmet safety comes down to one essential rule: Always wear a helmet. People who ride horses must remember to always wear an ASTM/SEI certified, equestrian riding helmet, which is fitted properly to the head. Helmets for horse riding are different than mere bicycle helmets in that they are meant to protect your head from impact and injury to the back of the head. Most of the injuries that riders sustain in horse riding are in fact from impact to the back of the head.

Staying Alert

Sometimes it can be a challenge for riders to maintain the discipline that is necessary while riding on horseback. After all, when a rider is on their horse and carelessly chatting with their friends while on the riding trail, it can be easily tempting to forget that concentration should be devoted to the activity of horse riding. In this situation, an active rider can turn into a backseat rider, which can make for a significantly more hazardous horse riding session because the reaction time can be meaningfully reduced by seconds, which can be critical. Staying alert while riding entails being continually aware of the surroundings and the environment not necessarily being tense. The surroundings and the environment that riders should be aware of consist of the riding surface, the riders’ peripheral vision, the distance in the proximity between the riders, and the reaction of the horse to the rider’s cues.

Trail Riding Safety

To be safe while horse riding on the trail, there are several tips that riders should familiarize themselves with. The most important and foremost rule that riders need to remember is never to ride alone and choose someone experienced and knowledgeable to ride with. Another helpful tip for new riders is to bring along their smartphones while on the trail. When riders are returning and it has already gotten dark outside, they should make it a point to wear clothing that reflects brightly in the darkness and take along a small flashlight with them. Riders should also keep in mind that the proximity between their own horse and the horse of the riders around them plays a big role in safety. To this end, riders have to keep at least one horse’s length between their own horse and the horse in front of them.

Dressing For Riding

Dressing appropriately for riding does not have to be expensive, and the most important aspect is the helmet. A helmet should be brand new because it should be of a high quality, as it is meant to protect the back of the head. If new riders try to buy a helmet on the cheap by getting a used one, they might imperil their safety since used rider helmets might just have unseen damage to their inner linings, which will compromise the safety of the helmets. Riders should consider wearing brighter clothing if they are going to be riding on any horse trails; the reason has a lot to do with visibility. For colder weather, riders should think about getting themselves a riding vest, since a riding vest allows them to dress warmer, yet still permits them the necessary mobility as their arms and their shoulders remain unrestricted. Pants for riding can be inexpensive, such as two-way stretch tights, or they can also be more formal, such as riding tights that come with leather seat patches and leather knee pads that give riders added grip.

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