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Helmets: 20 (More) Reasons to Put a Lid on It

June 2018 by Kirrilly Thompson, PhD
Dr Kirrilly Thompson is a cultural anthropologist, independent research consultant, dressage rider and President and Chair of the Board of Horse SA. She has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and industry reports and co-authored a book which explores the practical and ethical implications of recognising horses as social agents in human-horse relations.
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Horse riding is dangerous. I’m not going to go into the statistics on horse-related injury and fatality because they are far from straightforward. Do you calculate injury rates per ride, per hour spent in the saddle or per jump attempt? 

Suffice to say that all accidents range from annoying to tragic, and the statistics for any sport as a whole are not going to matter when an accident happens to you or someone you know.