Texans are known for their horses. Although horse-back riding may offer many benefits, it’s also incredibly dangerous. Horse-back riders experience a fatality rate of 128 per 100,000. Boxers, on the other hand, only experience 1.3 deaths per 100,000 participants.
One contributing factor to the danger of horse-back riding is the animal’s tendency to react with fight-or-flight. Horses are natural prey, and must constantly be on the lookout for danger in the wild. Add this to the fact that they’re commonly about 1,000 pounds with long, muscular legs used to kick predators, and you have a perilous combination.
Having said this, handling horses is usually a fairly nonthreatening experience. If a rider pulls back on the reins, the horse slows. If he or she tugs to the right, the horse walks that direction. The vast majority of horse riding fatalities are, in fact, freak accidents—like a gunshot in the distance scaring a normally calm horse, causing it to kick violently, accidentally crushing a groomer’s head. A running horse may trip over boggy ground and roll over, squishing its rider. When riding on the side of the road, a horse could see a snake or simply hear a new sound, and dart into traffic, wild with panic.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured by a horse in Texas, and are unable to work for over 12 months, you may be able to obtain Supplemental Social Security Income benefits. This supplement may help keep you and your family financially stable while the disabled person is unable to work. It’s advisable to seek legal representation before filing a Social Security claim—the process may be long and complicated.