The responsibility of caring for a horse, and the companionship that develops while riding a horse for recreation or work, are promoted as positive growth experiences for youth. The size, speed and unpredictable nature of horses require safety precautions to be practiced.
What are the injury facts for youth involved in equestrian activities?
Youth under 15 years represent one in five equestrian-related emergency department visits in the U.S.
One in three equestrian-related injuries occur while dismounted. Dismounted injuries most often involve a youth being kicked or stepped on by a horse.
Mounted injuries most often involve a youth falling off or being thrown from a horse.
What factors are key to safety around horses?
Where can I go to learn more about equestrian safety?
Additional information and links on equestrian safety for youth can be found on the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety Web site. Information available includes a comprehensive listing of resources, a list of other organizations working on equine safety, and developmental guidelines for youth equestrian activities, and a fact sheet. For technical assistance on youth equestrian-related injury prevention call 1-800-662-6900.
The National Children’s Center strives to enhance the health and safety of all children involved in agricultural work and living in rural settings. The center is a program of the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.
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