The Wrong Kind of Boot

Major Bummer

Little did I know when I rode in the Hunter Pace that it would be my last long ride for some time. Last week, when walking down a hill in the rain to check on the horses I slipped on the grass and fell. I knew it was bad. There was a popping, which didn’t […]

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Simple Saliva Test May Diagnose Concussion

A simple saliva test is being used successfully to diagnose concussions among professional rugby players in the UK. Researchers have found distinct chemical “signatures’ that correctly diagnose 96% of concussions among 1,028 male professional rugby athletes from the two top-tier leagues in England over two seasons. The results are reported in the British Journal of […]

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Mounting your Horse Safely

Three step mounting block

When are the riskiest times during your ride? Mounting and dismounting rank right up at the top of the list. Especially mounting. This is when you are in a precarious position. An unexpected move by your horse or a shift in the item your standing on, can cause you to fall and potentially get caught […]

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Research on equestrian helmets at the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab is Fully Funded

Virginia Tech Helmet Lab

It’s about time that riders have enough information to compare the safety performance of different equestrian helmets — and that’s finally going to happen now that the Virginia Tech Helmet lab has been fully funded to study equestrian helmets. More than $425,000 was raised through the collaborative efforts of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), […]

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New Method detects traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Inury

According to a study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, revealed that 45.2 percent of TBI among adults were related to horseback riding, Over the years, I’ve had two concussions — at least that I know of. The last one occurred about 10 or 12 years ago, while I was hunting. There is an in […]

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Horse Safety for Kids

Horse safety for kids

Teaching horse safety for kids (and for adults) is one of the ways we can minimize the risk of enjoying horses. As a mother, I had one of those “uh oh” incidents years ago when my daughter was about four and I had just brought home a new horse. The first day I turned my […]

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Study shows helmets do not protect from lateral crush impact

Helmet study on side impact crush resistance

A study published in Applied Sciences suggests that current riding helmets do not prevent skull fractures in adults when crushed from the side, as may occur if a horse falls on its rider. The study team comprised Connor, Michio Clark, Pieter Brama, Matt Stewart, Aisling NĂ­ Annaidh and Michael Gilchrist, variously affiliated with University College […]

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FEI Announces New Standard for Frangible XC Fences

Frangible Fence Standard

The FEI’s Eventing Frangible Device Working Group has introduced updated standard for frangible cross-country fences. The team spent six months reviewing slow-motion video of horses jumping fences, and took into consideration testing performed by British Eventing, MIM at Chalmers University (SWE), and the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). A frangible/deformable fence is a fence that is […]

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