ll was well a second ago.
Now, all bets are off as to whether you can stay on.
The alarm sounds in your brain.
You are coming off your horse.
As riders, we know that falling is part of riding. No matter how experienced we are, and no matter how steady
and bombproof our horse, things happen.
And it’s not just the higher-risk disciplines of eventing, show jumping and
steeplechase that see rider falls. Reining and speed events have their share, as do
pleasure riders in the arena and on the trail. Many accidents happen at the barn
because we tend to let down our guard or have a false sense of security in our
According to the Fédération Equestre Internationale, about one in 250 riders
at the top levels of eventing competition will have a rotational fall. The ratio for
nonrotational falls is even higher.
If the ratio for falls is so high among these experienced, well-trained and talented riders, we normal riders likely have an even greater chance of falling.
Learning Fall to
RIGHT HORSE (match
horse and rider suitability)
RIGHT TRAINING (align training approach with rider’s abilities
RIGHT TIME (assure elements
are in place for a safe ride:
weather, other horses, conditions)
When you can’t defy the laws of gravity, there are a
few things you can do to minimize your risk.
BY KARA L. STEWART