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Horseback Riding Ranked Third Most Dangerous Sport in the World

Caution and Safety is Paramount


MaryAnn Myers, Yahoo

I just recently came across some disturbing statistics about the dangers of horseback riding. Over the years, I have stressed safety to the point of harping on it; be careful, talk to the horse, let them know you are approaching, wear your helmet, pay attention, yes, even if you are having fun. Because the fact of the matter is, horseback riding, though certainly fun, is a dangerous sport. It is ranked as the third most dangerous sport today. Put simply, according to Sportingo.com :

HORSE RIDING:A recent survey on the number of fatalities per 100,000 participants in the US put riding a horse - including eventing, racing and show jumping - at the top of the list with a whopping 128. And that's without taking into account all the horses that perished too. Compare this number to the seemingly much more dangerous sport of boxing - which has just 1.3 deaths per 100,000 - and it puts into perspective quite how dangerous getting your leg over a horse can be. (1)

The dangers of riding horses is no secret. Yes it can be dangerous to cross a street, drive a car, jog in the park, and eat fatty foods. Dangers lurk everywhere. But horses, and their propensity to respond to situations based on fright and flight, raise the bar on knowing dangers. Horses respond to fearful situations with the instinct to run, and if something is on their back, to try to rid themselves of it. Is it any wonder then, why horseback riding is ranked so high on the list of dangerous sports?

When riding, we have a certain degree of control. We have a saddle, stirrups, a bridle and bit or bosal. We can steer, guide, speed up, slow down, and stop. We have a horse trained to these signals. We can ride a horse over jumps. We can win and lose races. We can even lead a horse with nothing more than a halter and a rope. A horse will most often do just about anything we ask and follow us anywhere, when in reality, they outweigh us, can outrun us, and don't really need to listen to anything we have to say or do.

This following along - going along aspect falls by the wayside when they become frightened, disobedient or belligerent. They become handfuls, as the saying goes. But by far, the largest danger with horses usually revolves around chance. Accidents and isolated events make up for a vast majority of the serious or fatal injuries. The horse trips, goes down, steps on a person. The horse bucks in response to a sudden noise or action, kicks out in defense, bites, mows you down to get away. There are any number of situations that can arise.

For most horse people, horseback riding is a passion. Some people climb mountains, ride four-wheelers, dirt bikes, and drive fast. Some dive off high boards, snowmobile, jet-ski, bungee-jump, run marathons, swim channels and sail alone, all dangerous sports, all with risks. We ride horses. We ride horses simply for the joy of riding. Are there risks, yes? But if one is careful and builds trust in the horse, they can be minimized.
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Re: And Equestrians Worry about Hunters?

According to some, they should be more worried about dodging arrows, LOL.

I support all hunters, regardless of weapon or technique!
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Hunting didn't even come close to making the top ten.

http://www.fanatix.com/ten-most-dangerous-sports-world/

10. RUGBY: Possibly the most brutal contact sport on the planet. These boys put NFL stars to shame by being just as vicious in their tackling but without any of the protection. Given that fact, it's hardly surprising that rugby has more injuries per player than any other participation sport. In fact, they're three times more likely to get injured than someone in martial arts. Torn muscles, concussion, broken bones - these boys don't stop unless they can't physically continue.

9. CAVE DIVING: Being a diver is bad enough, what with the risk of decompression, which can cause failure of the spinal cord, brain and lungs. But diving in caves takes things to a whole other level. At depths of 100 feet in a pitch-black cave it's incredibly easy to lose your bearings, have problems with your air supply - or even be eaten by some big, vicious creature. According to the Texas-based San Marcos Area Recovery Team, more than 500 people have died since 1960 while cave diving in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean alone.

8. CHEERLEADING: In the US alone, there were more than 20,000 reported injuries last year alone, making cheerleading the world's most injury-prone sport in the world for women. In fact, the girls on the sidelines are more at risk of hurting themselves than the guys on the football field. Broken legs and spinal injuries are not uncommon. Don't tell these hardcore girls that cheerleading isn't a sport - they'll eat you for breakfast.

7. MOTORCYCLING: The most dangerous motor race in the world is, without doubt, the Isle of Man TT event. In its 100-year history, this one race has seen more than 220 deaths. The race mainly involves trying not to die by falling off your bike and ploughing headfirst into a tree at ridiculously high speeds.

6. FISHING: The sedate pastime of angling has one of the highest mortality rates of any sport due to the number of people who drown every year. Rock fishing - which involves casting a line into the ocean from the shoreline - is also notoriously dangerous, with people often losing their lives when they are dragged under by huge unexpected waves. In Australia alone, 15 people died while rock fishing in 2001. Plus, which other sport's competitors routinely take part in what is, to all intents and purposes, mass murder? Fish have feelings too, you know...

5. ROCK CLIMBING: According to Accidents In North American Mountaineering, the year 2000 saw 24 deaths in the US due to rock climbing mishaps. As well as getting up to wherever it is you want to go, you've got to be able to get back down, which is what makes this such a dangerous sport - it's not too easy to get medical help when you're 1,000 feet up and there's nowhere to land a chopper. Bad weather can prove extremely hazardous, quickly causing frostbite or hypothermia. In the insurance world, rock climbing is classed as a Category 5 sport. The only things more dangerous are Category 6 sports, which include naked knife fighting and blind archery.

4. GOLF: It may be just below boxing and ice hockey in the brutality stakes, but golf is right up there in the death stakes. Some figures suggest more than 4,000 of us take our last breath on the fairway every year. It's also a killing field when it comes to bad weather, with five per cent of all lightning-related deaths taking place on the golf course.

3. HORSE RIDING: A recent survey on the number of fatalities per 100,000 participants in the US put riding a horse - including eventing, racing and show jumping - at the top of the list with a whopping 128. And that's without taking into account all the horses that perished too. Compare this number to the seemingly much more dangerous sport of boxing - which has just 1.3 deaths per 100,000 - and it puts into perspective quite how dangerous getting your leg over a horse can be.

2. BASE JUMPING: Dangerous for the simple fact that it's all or nothing - if your parachute opens you'll be fine, if it doesn't you're looking at certain death. A comprehensive study has revealed that since the first BASE jump around 30 years ago, 175 people have been killed. Anyone taking part in this sport is basically betting their life on whether a chute opens properly or not. Think I'll stick to lawn bowls, thank you very much!

1. LAWN BOWLS: Forget those UFC [censored], lawn bowls is for REAL men (and women!). Going off the number of deaths per player, it is the world's most dangerous sport, killing literally thousands worldwide every year. Its hardcore competitors will stop at nothing in pursuit of victory. If you're one of the lucky ones that escapes death, there are thousands more who end up with dislocated ankles, broken hips, torn knees or who simply keel over with a heart attack or a stroke due to the incredibly stressful nature of the game. Either that or it's down to most of the competitors being over 85 and lugging great big balls around.

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Re: And Equestrians Worry about Hunters?

They should be more worried about you...since you love to beat dead horses....

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There is something terribly wrong with those statistics. I hear of dozens of motorcycle deaths in central PA every month but January. I haven't heard of one horseback riding death in fifteen years. I hear of more ATV deaths, about 1 a month in PA. More kids die while playing high school sports if you go by what is in the news. Every year in this county some farmer is killed when a tractor rolls over. But with all the horseback riders and horse owners, we hear of none?

Granted, for all the hunters in PA, there are only a few deaths per year. How many ATV riders in PA with all the deaths we hear about. Two this year in this county.
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According to the American Veterinary Assoc. there are 7,295,000 horses in the US owned by 2,087,000 households. Assuming one person in each such household rides a horse, at a fatality rate of 123/100k, that is 2,583 people being killed while riding horses each year in the US. HORSE CRAP.
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Re: And Equestrians Worry about Hunters?

really?? dozens of motorcycle deaths a month???

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or even be eaten by some big, vicious creature
I'm sorry but that one made me laugh.
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really?? dozens of motorcycle deaths a month???
The statistics show more than 200 deaths per year in PA alone Rich. Not "dozens" a month, but more than I thought when I looked a while back.

Detailed figures for 2008 show that motorcycles were involved in 4,193 crashes, 3.4 percent of all vehicle crashes for the year. Categorized by severity, motorcycles were involved in 231 (17 percent) fatal crashes, 3,746 (5.9 percent) non-fatal injury crashes, and 216 (0.4 percent) property-damage-only crashes.

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If it were ever made a sport, "Farm Tractor Riding" in the rolling hills of Western Pa would rank higher than just about any of em.

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