Horse Riding Claims
There are around three million horse riding enthusiasts in the UK. Horse riding is a popular sport and hobby but accidents can happen, even with experienced riders, leading to many horse riding claims.
Horses are unpredictable flight animals and even well-trained, quiet natured horses can be spooked easily and react explosively, therefore rider falls, injuries and other horse related accidents happen regularly.
Injuries sustained after an accident can range from bruising to serious injuries such as broken bones, spinal damage or head injuries. Thankfully, safety equipment can help to prevent some serious injuries, but not all.
If you have suffered injury due to a horse riding accident which was due to someone else’s negligence, we can help. We have specialist solicitors who are equine enthusiasts and have experience in horse riding compensation claims.
Call us today on 0800 612 7340 to start your horse riding accident claim. Or simply fill in your details on our online enquiry form and we’ll call you back.
Claiming compensation for horse riding accidents
There are many cases where horse riding accidents can be avoided and they happen as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Common types of horse riding claims can include:-
- Defective equipment A claim arising out of defective equipment can apply whether you are learning to ride or whether you are at work. If you are learning to ride, it is essential that all tack (bridle/saddle including reins, stirrups and girth) are suitable, properly fitted and properly maintained.
- Accidents at work (for example, a jockey or groom) As with any place of work, if you work within the equestrian industry, your employer has a duty to provide you with a safe system and a safe place of work. If your employer fails in this duty of care then you may be able to claim compensation if you are injured as a result of an accident.
- Unsuitable surface/poorly maintained grounds Horse riding accident claims can occur as a result of unsuitable grounds; at an organised show or riding event for example.
- Road traffic accidents Horse riders have the right to use the nation’s highways, but they remain one of the most vulnerable road users. Drivers, motor bikers and cyclists have a duty of care when passing or nearing horses either led or ridden on public roads. The British Horse Society estimates that there are around 3000 incidents involving horses on public roads each year – although a high number of accidents go unreported. In 2012 there were a total of 183 road traffic accidents reported, of which 2 involved fatal accidents and 12 involved severe rider injuries.
- Unsuitable horse and/or inadequate riding ability assessment at a riding school Riding Schools and instructors owe a duty of care to learner riders. If you are new to riding or returning to riding, a “rider assessment form” should be completed by both rider and the instructor. This has been recommended by the British Horse Society. If you are returning to riding there should also be a ridden assessment. From this assessment, your level of riding can be decided and a suitable horse can be matched to your competency. There are many ability levels; not only do they take into account your riding ability in walk, trot and canter, but also your knowledge of horses such as their conformation. It is also of great importance that as a result of the rider assessment, you are provided with a suitable horse to ride that is matched with your level of skill. For example, a rider that is at a beginner level should be matched with a schoolmaster and not a green (untrained) or spooky horse.
- Failure to plan/supervise and/or lead riding lessons and/or hacks If you arrange to go on a hack with a riding school (riding out on the roads/along bridleways outside of the riding school) it is essential that the hack is led, supervised and planned appropriately. Riders must be assigned a suitable mount and groups according to ability level to ensure that everyone is kept as safe as possible.
- Biting and kicking accidents As anyone who has spent time around them will know, horses can be unpredictable. Even the most placid of horses can kick out when spooked. However, some horses may have a tendency to bite or kick and if this is the case, their owner has a duty of care to ensure that others are aware of this. In addition, riding schools, or other yards that employ staff, must do all they can to make sure that visitors and workers are safe and kept away from potentially dangerous situations.
- Spectator accidents and injuries Equestrian sports often have a huge following and unlike some traditional stadium sports, spectators can often get much closer to the action. Organisers of events therefore have a responsibility to make sure that there are measures in place to protect the general public.
Start Your Horse Riding Claim
Freeclaim Solicitors have over 30 years’ experience dealing with personal injury claims and horse riding accident claims. We have a track record of success helping clients. Plus, we are recommended by the Legal 500 so you can feel confident that you are making a claim with expert solicitors who have your best interests at heart.
Our specialist solicitors can help with your horse riding compensation claim on a no win no fee basis, so there’s no financial risk to you.
Call today on 0800 612 7340, or fill in our online enquiry form about your horse riding accident and we’ll call you back.