The ‘Right Way’ to Fall Off a Horse

While it might seem like a tricky task, riders can teach their bodies how to react when they part ways with their horses to minimize injury risk.

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Learning how to react to trouble and fall safely can help reduce rider injury risk. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

Attendees of inaugural Horse Industry Safety Summit, held April 23 at University of Kentucky’s (UK) Spindletop Hall, in Lexington, had no time to be bored, especially when Danny Warrington, who founded Landsafe Equestrian with his wife Keli, approached the podium.

Throughout the thoroughly engaging presentation, he showed videos and images of riders parting ways with their mounts—both correctly and incorrectly. Warrington slowed down the video to show the audience at what point in the fall rider decisions either helped or hindered their safety.

Warrington believes there is a gap in rider education: teaching riders how to fall safely. Deeply committed to rider safety, the Warringtons created Landsafe with three main goals: save lives, reduce injuries, and increase safety education of parents and riders

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