Horse Riding Accident Compensation Claims


The Law Of… Riding Safely

Horse riding accidents are unfortunately common, due to the dangerous nature of the activity. But what happens when an accident occurs and it is the fault of someone other than the rider?

Personal Injury specialist, Ruth Magee, investigates how equine accidents happen and whether it is possible to make a horse riding accident compensation claim.

What Types Of Horse Riding Accidents Are There?

Whilst horse riding can be an enjoyable and rewarding activity to partake in, horses can be unpredictable. Even with the best health and safety knowledge, there is still a risk of injury, especially if an inexperienced rider is involved.

Some of the most common injuries from horse riding include:

  • Falls - falls are the most common horse riding accident and they usually occur when the horse is frightened by something. Being thrown from a horse can be extremely dangerous.
  • Kicks and bites – a kick from the metal soled hind feet of a horse can be particularly serious.
  • Crushing – horses weigh in excess of half a ton and if a person is rolled on by a fallen horse it can cause serious personal injury. There is also a risk for crushing when inside a stable as they are often confined spaces.

What Sort Of Injuries Can Come From A Horse Riding Accident?

The type of injuries sustained from a horse riding accident depends hugely on what type of horse riding accident occurred.

The most common types of injuries include:

Whilst rare, it is also possible for a horse riding accident to be fatal.

Injuries sustained during horse riding are often seen as inevitable. However, if you have been involved in a horse riding accident, you should consider if the injury sustained was because of someone else's negligence.

Can A Horse Riding Accident Occur Because Of Another's Mistake?

It can be difficult to determine the reason for a horse riding accident; particularly given that horses are often unpredictable. There is guidance for riding schools provided by the The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. If an accident does occur, using this guide can provide some insight into how a horse riding accident has occurred.  

Common causes of horse riding accidents include:

  • The use of faulty equipment or defective riding gear
  • Incorrect fastening of the girth, causing falls from the horse
  • Ill-chosen horse that may have a temperament that is not suited to riding skill and style
  • Unsuitable riding surfaces
  • Mismanaged leadership of group equestrian activities

If an accident you have been involved in was caused by the negligence of another, you could be entitled to a horse riding compensation claim for the damages caused.

How Can I Claim For A Horse Riding Accident?

Horse Riding Accident compensation claims can be quite complex. It is a good idea to speak with a specialised personal injury department like the one at Simpson Millar, as they will be able to provide advice on how to take your case forward. They will be able to help you determine if you have grounds for a compensation claim.

If you have been involved in a horse riding accident, if possible, it is a good idea to gain names and statements from witnesses as this can help prove liability at a later date.

Ruth comments:

"Horse riding can be an enjoyable experience. However, when mistakes are made which have caused an accident, the injuries suffered by the rider can be traumatic.

"The British Horse Society provides good guidance on how to find a reputable riding school, which reduces the chances of being involved in a serious riding accident."

Our Personal Injury solicitors have many years' experience in dealing with complex cases such as horse riding accident compensation claims. Call today for a free over-the-phone consultation.

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