Equestrian Safety Program
In our area, due to the popularity of horse riding, equestrian-related injuries are among the top five injuries most commonly treated Parker Adventist Hospital's emergency department. That is why we are committed to promoting public awareness of equestrian-related injuries, injury prevention, public safety and the importance of wearing an equestrian helmet. To date our equestrian safety program has distributed more than 800 helmets.
Did you Know?
- A horse elevates a rider eight feet or more above the ground? - A fall from as little as two feet can cause permanent brain damage.
- Horses gallop at 40 mph. - A human skull can be shattered by impact at 4-6 mph.
- Head injuries account for 60 percent of deaths due to equestrian accidents.
*Equestrian Medical Safety Association
See equestrian safety tips below or download our equestrian safety brochure, which provides an overview of what to do in the event of a horse-related injury, including prevention and safety tips to help you stay safe while enjoying the sport you love.
Follow Sarah as she experiences a fall from a horse, a ride in an ambulance, and a trip to the hospital. See the steps the EMS and Parker Adventist Hospital's Level III Emergency Department staff take to ensure that Sarah will be back in the saddle again. To conclude this video, Sean Markey, MD, Medical Director of Neurosurgery at Parker Adventist Hospital, discusses concussions and the importance of wearing a helmet while taking part in equestrian activities.