Top 5 Common Rider Injuries


Horse riding will always carry a certain degree of risk – riders are often elevated 2m from the ground, and horses can travel at speeds of up to 40km per hour, after all. But what are the most common rider injuries to occur?

Common Rider Injuries

  1. Soft tissue injuries. These are the most common type of rider injury, and include issues such as sprains, bruises and abrasions. Typically, these are not usually serious, although they can be severe on occasion. Wrist and ankle sprains are particularly common.
  2. Repetitive strain injury. Caused by the repetitive nature of riding, this can affect the hips, ankles, knees and wrist muscles.
  3. Fractures. Limb fractures – arms, legs, elbows and feet – are most common. These typically occur from a fall, or from a kick when out of the saddle.
  4. Back injuries. Lower back pain and strain is common for riders. This can vary from strained muscles to ruptured discs, caused by anything from bad posture to trauma from a fall.
  5. Head injuries. Concussion is most common, and can range from mild to severe. Fractured skulls or worse are a possibility.

Check out our equestrian blog next week for safety tips and how to avoid injury.

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