Ways to Prevent or Decrease Further Injuries

Ways to Decrease chances of horseback riding injuriesThere are many ways to prevent or reduce your risk of further injury. Riders should always try to maximize their use of wearing horseback riding helmets and other safety gear, such as sturdy boots with a durable heel and clothing that is not loose fitting. Make sure that your saddle is in good shape and that all the parts are secure. If you feel like you are about to fall off of a horse, try to roll to the side as much as possible in a direction that is away from the horse. Novice riders should always be supervised and trained thoroughly before being allowed to ride unsupervised. Never attempt to ride a horse when you are tired, on medication, or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Since some horses tend to run away from scary situations or noises, it is important to stay alert while riding and be prepared for the unexpected.



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