Horse Riding Accident Claims


Horse riding is a very popular pastime, with more than a million people in the UK regularly enjoying the activity. The UK's Pony Club is the largest equestrian organisation for young people in the world, and their ever increasing numbers will soon reflect a new generation of riders donning hard hats and eventing, racing, playing polo, show jumping, or just admiring the countryside on horseback.

Horse riding is a risky sport and while that risk is usually adequately managed by instructors, riding schools and riders themselves, there are occasions when serious accidents happen which lead to personal injury. The injuries, sadly are often life changing such as spinal or brain injury.


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Types of Horse Riding Accident Claims

Not all horse riding accidents have someone at 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.

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 a sum of money to compensate you. 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 so on....

A typical horse riding accident can be limited to a simple fracture, however given the nature of the sport, brain injury and spinal injuries are also common. 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 the more commonly known symptoms such as headaches.

Horse riding accidents can be caused by:

  • Defective or ill-fitting equipment
  • Allowing a rider to ride an inappropriate horse or pony for their riding ability or experience
  • Failure to risk assess the rider and/or the horse / pony they are allocated
  • Poorly organised hacks with inadequate leadership and supervision
  • Road traffic accidents involving horses, including irresponsible driving or riders not being given correct safety and high-visability clothing
  • Insufficient checking of saddle and girth causing them to loosen and the rider to fall
  • Kicks from a horse
  • Being crushed by a horse
  • Failure to train and or supervise employees
  • Riding on an unsuitable surface
  • Failing to warn the rider of particular characteristic or vice that is likely to cause injury
  • Failing to provide a safe environment for lessons
  • Falling or being injured on 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

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

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.

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 injury and treatment, 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 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 litigate fearlessly for our client when an accident occurs, 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 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.

Remember, there are statutory time limits for lodging your personal injury claim with a court, and 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.

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Personal Injury Accident Guides

Our legal team at Spencers Solicitors are experienced in all types of personal injury claims, from road traffic accidents to workplace injuries. Please read through our bespoke "accident guides" which will help you understand and navigate through the injury claims process.


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