Horse-riding accidents


Horse riding can be an enjoyable leisure activity, but when dealing with animals as powerful and unpredictable as horses, accidents can happen.

Being involved in horse accidents can lead to serious injury. If you have suffered a horse-riding accident, call us and we will recommend a personal injury lawyer who specialises in horse-riding accidents to represent your case and bring a claim for compensation.

Accidents happen

Horse-riding is popular; especially amongst those living in the countryside areas of the UK. However, it is often underestimated how dangerous it can be. However careful you are, horse-riding accidents and injuries occur.

Depending on various factors, it is possible that you may be able to claim compensation for the harm and loss you have incurred. Factors include:

  • Who owns the horse
  • Where you were riding it
  • Under what circumstances

It may be that someone else could and should have taken more care to ensure that such injury did not occur, i.e. in circumstances where they had a duty of care.

Causes of horse-riding accidents

Common causes of horse-riding accidents that may mean you can receive compensation include:

  • Horse-riding accidents on the road involving collision with vehicles; horses on roads can react unexpectedly and collisions involving horses and motor vehicles or pedestrians can occur
  • Horse riding and equestrian centres; horse accidents can occur whilst horse-riding for leisure or competition in showground’s and private horse-riding centres
  • Private property; horse accidents can occur when owners of horses allow guests to pet and ride horses on their property
  • Working with horses; employees working or volunteering at riding schools, stud farms, racing stables or competition centres may sustain injury

Injuries can also occur:

  • Due to defective equipment that you have been provided with such as a saddle, a girth, a bridle, reins or riding hat
  • Due to incorrectly fitted equipment
  • Due to poorly maintained horse-riding grounds
  • Due to poor supervision or instruction

Common injuries may occur from falls, being kicked by a horse, being trodden on or crushed by a horse. Common injuries sustained from horse-riding accidents include:

  • Bruising
  • Grazing
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal injuries

You may be able to receive compensation for such physical injuries, pain and suffering and loss of amenity. You may also receive compensation for financial losses and expenses caused by the accident, such as medical costs and consequent lost earnings.

If you are successful in making out a case for compensation, the amount of compensation awarded varies from claim to claim, even for similar injuries incurred in different horse-riding accidents. Your individual circumstances will always be taken into account.

When it comes to horse-riding accidents, it may be difficult to prove that the blame lies with the other party and was through no fault of your own. It will be useful to have witnesses back up your claim. It is always recommended to use a specialist personal injury lawyer for the best chance of success.

For more information on using legal representation, see our page on personal injury solicitors.

Have you suffered an injury whilst horse riding? If the injury was not your fault, Contact Law can put you in touch with a specialist personal injury lawyer to assist you in bringing a claim for compensation. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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