How safe are you? Saddle Up Safely is offering three quizzes to test your knowledge, and the knowledge of those who work or ride in your barn. While these questions are very basic, they might be a good resource for you to use for beginner students or boarders who are new to horse ownership.
There are a dozen True/False questions available on each quiz. These quizzes are located on the Saddle Up Safely website.
The Safety Quiz were the result of a national survey conducted in September 2010 by Saddle Up Safely, a rider safety awareness coalition of 40 community organizations led by the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture's Equine Initiative and UK HealthCare, which revealed that most riders don't get enough safety training or rate their safety knowledge as low.
"Our study and a number of others showed that many injuries can be prevented or reduced in severity by practicing safe horsemanship," said Fernanda Camargo, DVM, PhD, equine extension professor within UK's College of Agriculture.
The most common horseback riding injuries are fractures, bruises and abrasions, sprains and strains, internal injuries and concussions. Injuries are most often caused by falling off a horse, but people can also be kicked, stepped on or fallen on by horses.
Julia Martin, MD, associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UK College of Medicine, said the most severely injured riders are seen at UK HealthCare's Chandler Hospital.
"If there was one recommended behavior we would like to see, it would be for every equestrian, whether novice or experienced, young or old, to wear an approved, correctly fitting helmet," she said.
Saddle Up Safely is one of a number of organizations, including the Certified Horsemanship Association and 4H Clubs, that are trying to make the sport of horse riding safer. To learn more about what you can do to improve your horse riding safety knowledge, go to the Saddle Up Safely website or call 859/323-5508.