Riding & Safety
We believe in safety for Equine and Riders.
Although riding/driving horses provides much joy to many us, there is an inherent risk that comes along with interacting with equines. When you are with your equines every day, it is easy to become complacent and forget how big, powerful and quick reacting they can be. As such, is important that you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from serious injury.
The following resources/information will help you establish best practices so you and your horses can stay safe!
The importance of wearing a helmet cannot be stressed enough! A head injury can change not only your life but the lives of those who love you. Don’t let vanity get in the way of using safety equipment. Riders4Helmets is an excellent resource for information on helmets and helmet use.
“AEF supports safety in equestrian activities at all times. Research has shown that properly fitted ATSM/SEI equestrian helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries. We want all equestrians to evaluate the risk of each activity, be mindful of all safety aspects and have a positive experience every time. Business owners with commercial insurance may want to contact their insurance providers about any benefits relating to enhanced safety.” – AEF Board of Directors Statement on Helmet Safety – October 2019
Concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury, is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth— causing the brain to bounce around or twist within the skull. This sudden movement of the brain can cause stretching and tearing of brain cells, damaging the cells and creating chemical changes in the brain
According to the Equestrian Medical Safety Association riders are more likely to suffer traumatic brain injury (ranging from concussion to life-threatening) than athletes who play rugby, football, boxing or soccer, or even race motorcycles – high-impact sports in their own rights, each with extremely high concussion rates. As such, recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.
The #HeadstrongCanada campaign is based off the Government of Canada’s Concussion Framework and the Concussion Awareness
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