Horse Riding Accident Claims

Horse riding is a very popular pastime, with more than a million people in the UK regularly enjoying the activity.

Horse riding is inherently a risky sport and while that risk is usually adequately managed by instructors, riding schools and riders themselves, there are occasions when accidents happen which lead to personal injury, and these accidents can be due to someone else's negligence. Sadly, these injuries are often very serious. For example, injuries such as spinal or brain injury are not uncommon consequences of horse riding accidents.

If you have suffered a horse riding injury that wasn't your fault, you may be entitled to make a horse riding accident claim.

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Types of Horse Riding Accident Claims

Not all horse riding accidents happen because of someone else's fault. Riding on an animal that can think and act for itself is what makes riding unpredictable and fun! However, riding is an activity which can occasionally result in injury.

At the lower end of the injury scale (whilst still being painful and debilitating) horse riding accidents can result in severe bruising or cuts. However given the nature of the sport, brain injury and spinal injuries are also not uncommon. Very often people suffer head injuries and don't appreciate the plethora of symptoms that can follow as a result. These can include, difficulties with memory, concentration, change in personality, anxiety, depression, as well as more common symptoms such as headaches. At their worst these types of injuries can involve fractured skulls and serious, life changing brain damage.

Examples of common types of Horse Riding accidents are:

  • Injuries caused by defective or ill-fitting equipment
  • Injuries caused by allowing a rider to ride an inappropriate horse or pony for their riding ability or experience
  • Injuries caused by a failure to risk assess the rider and/or the horse / pony they are allocated
  • Injuries due to poorly organised hacks with inadequate leadership and supervision
  • Injuries caused by a road traffic accident involving your horse
  • Injuries caused by insufficient checking of the saddle and girth causing them to loosen and the rider to fall
  • Injuries due to being kicked or crushed by a horse
  • Injuries caused by failure to train and or supervise employees
  • Injuries caused by riding on an unsuitable surface
  • Injuries due to not being provided with the correct safety equipment and clothing
  • Injuries caused by failing to provide a safe environment for lessons
  • Injuries due to falling or being injured in the yard or in the riding stables as a consequence of those responsible for the premises not taking reasonable steps to make sure they are safe
  • Injuries caused by the horse falling on top of the rider

If you have been injured in a horse riding accident, which could have been avoided, you may be entitled to seek compensation.

Horse Injury Statistics

It's estimated that there are more than 4,000 horse related accidents every year and the British Horse Society believes that road accidents that involve horses are significantly under reported.

  • Maybe you have been exposed to dangerous horses at stables, a livery yard or riding school?
  • Perhaps your weren't given the correct training or equipment to handle a horse?
  • Maybe you have suffered an injury due to an unsafe or incorrectly managed riding environment?

If any of these scenarios apply to you, then you may to claim injury compensation.

Making a claim for a Horse Riding Injury

If you have had a horse riding accident and suffered injury and financial loss, whether you were riding a horse for pleasure or working with them, then you may be able to claim compensation. The purpose of such compensation is for you to be put back in the position you would have been had the accident not happened. This can enable you to obtain funds to pay for expenses, much needed treatment/ rehabilitation, vets fees, your loss of earnings and any other losses that you have incurred as a result of the accident.

The sooner you seek legal advice after your horse riding injury, the easier it will be to make a claim. Spencers Solicitors offer a free, no-obligation consultation to help ascertain whether your claim has reasonable prospects and the best way for you to proceed if you decide you want to claim damages.

If we do take your claim on, we may do so under a no win no fee agreement, meaning we will pursue your claim for you and run it, with no up front payment from you being required.

Paramount to the success of any claim is early investigation so as to ensure the evidence required to succeed with your claim is gathered before it is lost. As soon as you have instructed us to act on your behalf, we will promptly investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident, the injury sustained and an early assessment of the treatment that will be required, together with obtaining the evidence to prove someone else caused your accident and that you have suffered unnecessarily as a result.

Spencers put the injured person first and are keen to meet our clients face to face in the comfort of their own home or, if appropriate, whilst still in hospital. Spencers conduct cases nationally so it doesn't matter where you live. We will still come out to meet you if we think it will help your case.

We believe Spencers Solicitors are different to other, more general personal injury solicitors due to: -

  • Our personal and professional experience of horses and equestrianism
  • Our proven track record in equine litigation which spans many years.
  • Our passion for horses and the wonderful sport of horse riding.
  • Our ethical and responsible approach to litigating fearlessly for our client when an accident occurs and when we believe it should and could have been avoided.

Our team have written numerous articles for leading publications such as:

Spencers Solicitors has a proven track record with claims where riders have been injured due to the wrongful actions of others and have achieved successful outcomes on cases that other Solicitors have refused to accept under 'no win no fee' agreements.

We will seek compensation to cover the cost of any expenses you have incurred so far, including loss of earnings, and will address any future financial needs your injury has created such as corrective surgery, privately funded physiotherapy or nursing care, or adaptations to your home to assist with limited mobility.

What is the time limit for making a horse riding accident claim?

There are statutory time limits for lodging your personal injury claim with a court. This is usually 3 years from the date you were injured. With investigation and negotiation often taking several months, it is better not to delay but to contact Spencers Solicitors, today.

To discuss your claim with one of our specialist solicitors, call us direct on 08000 93 00 94, or complete our online claim enquiry form and we will call you back. If you're worried about legal fees, don't be. Horse riding accident claims are normally dealt with under a no win no fee arrangement, so if your claim doesn't succeed you won't pay for our work.

Personal Injury Accident Guides

Please read through our bespoke "accident guides" which will help you understand and navigate through the injury claims process.

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Personal Injury Case Studies

Please take a look over our case studies which explain how our legal teams have helped secure our clients with the compensation they deserve.

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