There is a great deal more to horseback riding safety than just wearing a hard hat though that is certainly basic. After 75 years of riding, 35 years of leading and organizing riding trips and working as an expert witness in riding accident cases, I have formed some strong ideas about the leading causes of riding accidents. They often aren't what people think. In my experience it is rare that speed alone is the cause of an accident. I have found that the following avoidable risks account for the vast majority of serious accidents.
Not wearing a hard hat
Failure to match horse and rider
Going too fast on dangerous terrain
Failure to check cinches a first time and a second time after a few minutes of riding
A hat or coat falling from a horse in front and spooking the ones behind
A kick from a horse
On foot in the corral
Riding when overweight and out of shape
Lagging behind and catching up by speeding forward
Prematurely “bailing out” to get off a runaway
Unqualified ride leaders
Having too many riders for the number of guides
Improper mounting and dismounting
Attaching lead ropes or reins firmly at inappropriate times
In these strained economic times many venues are experiencing the same financial problems as so many other businesses.For this reason, we find that the stability of the company securing the trips is vital.In addition to having a long history in the equestrian vacation business, the owners of Equitours are also the proprietors of Bitterroot Ranch a long standing and very successful guest ranch in Wyoming.This not only provides diversification but Bitterroot also offers a wonderful opportunity for guests to improve their riding skills through excellent tutelage of the instructors if confidence building is needed in one’s riding ability in order to participate in the more advanced rides offered by Equitours.
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