Riders of Horses Lax with Safety Equipment

LEXINGTON, Ky., July 26 (UPI) — Sixty percent of Kentucky horseback riders say they did not wear any safety apparel the last time they went riding, a survey indicates.

Fernanda Camargo, an equine extension professor at the University of Kentucky, says the survey of 100 horseback riders was conducted by the saddleupsafely.org campaign, a safety awareness program sponsored by the University of Kentucky HealthCare, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and other community organizations.

The survey found 31 of those asked said they have been injured at least once in the past three years from handling or riding a horse, and of those, 70 percent said they think their injury could have been prevented.

“Many riders who have been injured say that they feel that those injuries were preventable,” Camargo says in a statement. “Wearing a certified and properly fitted helmet and paying attention to what your horse is communicating to you are two of the primary ways you can prevent injuries.”

The Web site features booklets, equine educational information, horse-related injuries and general horse rider safety information.

One of the aims of the campaign is to reach riders of all ages and abilities to educate them about how to stay safe riding and handling a horse, Camargo says.

No further survey information was provided.

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