An innovative program called LandSafe is training horseback riders how to fall safely to help prevent injuries.
Any rider knows all too well that falling is a part of horseback riding. But falling is part of what makes the sport so dangerous. And while we're all taught to tuck and roll, it's hard to accomplish the feat when you're suddenly flying from your horse and the ground is approaching all too quickly.
That's why LandSafe Equestrian is training riders how to fall safely. The training program gives riders the skills they need to minimize their chances of being injured in a fall. Through training and practice during the program, riders learn what it feels like to use their bodies to fall safely, much as gymnasts learn how to fall. When riders find themselves in an actual fall, they have that training and instinct to rely on.
Take a look at what the LandSafe training looks like.
If you want to learn more, definitely try to attend a LandSafe clinic. Clinics are held all over; you can see the list of upcoming clinics here.
Learning how to fall safely is just one way that you can maximize your safety as a rider. It's important to invest in good safety equipment, including an ASTM-certified helmet. Remember that you'll need to replace your helmet after four to five years of use, and always replace your helmet after a fall in which your helmet hits the ground. Many helmet manufacturers now offer replacement plans and discounts, so be sure to check those out when you buy your next helmet.
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If you do find yourself in a fall, do your best to kick free of the horse. Never reach out for the ground, even if you find yourself quickly heading toward it. Instead, try to curl up so that your body rolls. It's easier said than done, especially in the heat of the moment, and that's why trainings like LandSafe may be so important to equestrian safety.
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