Horse Rider Fall Safety Training

Fall Safety Training

Horse riding is a popular sport both in Australia and internationally and includes the highly competitive racing industry, the well-established Olympic sport of equestrian, polo and polocrosse,  rodeo, a large number of pony clubs, and also a growing number of trail riding and other recreational horse riding activities.

The incidence rates of serious injury for horse riders have traditionally been high in comparison to the incidence rates of serious injury for other sporting activities. A safety guide published by Safe Work Australia indicated that over a period of 5 years (from 2008 to 2011) there were 11,635 hospital admissions recorded for horse related incidents, and over a period of 12 years (from 2000 to 2012) there were 98 horse-related deaths. 74% of the deaths (6 per year) were a result of a fall from the horse - so that’s why horse rider fall safety training is so important.

Participation in the Horse Rider Fall Safety Training Program will develop important skills and also improve physical conditioning to reduce the risk of catastrophic and other injury when dismounting, falling or being thrown from a horse. 
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