Common injuries in horseback riding

Horse riding injuries are a common occurrence, whether you’re a learner or a professional. They are mostly caused by riding, although they could also be caused by riding for too long. These injuries could lead one off a horse and onto a wheelchair, and that is the reason why it is very important for people to be very careful when on horseback. In this article, we are going to look at some of the common injuries in horseback riding, some of which might land you in a wheelchair. Remember, a horse is a horse, and there isn’t a safe one, although some are safer than others.

The upper extremities are the highest, coming with 24% to 61% of injuries, while the lower extremities come second with a frequency of 36% to 40%. The head and the face also get horse injuries at a frequency of 20%. Soft tissue injuries are the most common injuries, coming in with a ratio of 92:1, while fractures come in next with a ratio of 57:3. In the most common types of injuries, concussions come in third with a ratio of 63:2.

Common injuries in horseback riding
Common injuries in horseback riding

When it comes to hospitalization, the most frequent cause is concussion, followed closely by fractures. Injury to the central nervous system is the most common injury, occurring mostly at an age of less than 21 years. According to studies, though, injuries amongst the younger people has decreased, instead shifting to those in the age of 24 years and above. The same report says that more women are injured than men, but when they get to the age of 44 years, the men take over. When it comes to deaths, head injuries lead as the main cause, followed by chest injuries. In order for us to prevent these accidents and injuries from happening, we need to use knowledge that was gotten from previous horse studies.

Best rated electric power wheelchairs 2017

In the event that you actually get injured and require a wheelchair, we are going to review some of the electric wheelchairs that you can use as you recuperate.

EZ Lite Cruiser Standard

Manufactured from long lasting lightweight aluminum alloy, weighing 50 pounds with the battery, the EZ Lite Cruiser Standard wheelchair is able to carry a passenger weighing 264 pounds. It comes with 250 Watt Brushless HUB motors that power the 8″ rear rubber wheels for superb traction. When the battery is fully charged, this wheelchair can go for 10 miles driving distance. To add to the distance, you can attach another battery. The joystick can be mounted on wither arm rest.

Pros

  • Simple set-up
  • Transportable
  • Easy to clean
  • Excellent customer service

Cons

  • Unsuitable for grass and gravel
  • Wheels do wear over time

EZ Lite Cruiser Deluxe DX10

This is the excellent wheelchair for comfort and back support, and even has 5 reclining positions for the user to choose from. When fully charged, the battery can drive for 10 miles with the 7.5″ diameter and 2″ wide caster front wheels, and 10″ rear wheels giving the wheelchair excellent traction, stability and maneuverability. It comes with removable seat covers, while the joystick can be mounted on either arm rest.

Pros

  • Sturdy
  • Comfortable
  • Simple to maneuver
  • Excellent customer service

Cons

Wears over time

Foldawheel PW-1000XL

Foldawheel is a lightweight and durable power wheelchair, coming with a total weight of 45 lbs. it comes with a detachable joystick, while the padded footrest can be extended up to 4″. The battery, on a full charge, can run for up to 9.3 driving miles. One can add an additional 2 batteries for triple the distance.

Pros

  • Heavy duty
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Could be too heavy just for indoor use

EZ Lite Cruiser Deluxe DX 12

This heavy duty wheelchair is perfect for the outdoors, coming with 12” wide caster rugged rear wheels. It can comfortable carry a person that is 330lbs and it comes with 5 reclining positions. The seats of this portable wheelchair are removable for easy cleaning. It can ran for 10 miles on a full charge.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Heavier than some other models

KD Smart Chair

This lightweight wheelchair easily maneuvers through small spaces even going up 12 degree slopes. It requires very little maintenance and has an eco-friendly battery that can run for 9.3 miles on a full charge. This battery can be charged 500 times. The KD Smart chair is an FDA 510K cleared medical device.

Pros

  • Stylish
  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Best suited for flat terrain
  • Unstable on ramps

Foldawheel PW-999UL

The Foldawheel boasts being the most compact and lightest wheelchair in the world, weighing just 45lbs. Made of long lasting high grade aluminum alloy, it comes with rubber tires that are powered by brushless motors for ultimate traction., giving them traction, and on a full charge, this powered wheelchair can last up to 8 miles.  For double the distance, you can add an extra battery. The cushion and backrest are detachable so that it is easier to clean, and it also comes with a travel bag.

Pros

  • Light weight
  • High capacity battery
  • Easy to control

Cons

  • Un-lockable
  • Fewer accessory options

MobileCare Electric Wheelchair

This aluminum alloy wheelchair is lightweight, comfortable, sturdy and reliable, coming with an inbuilt programmable joystick for ease of mobility. This particular wheelchair can be switched from electric to manual, making it the perfect fit for the elderly. The arm rests, leg rests and flip-up back rest for portability are detachable. The wheelchair is also foldable and easy to store in limited spaces. The back cushions and seat are breathable for extra comfort.

Pros

  • Easy to operate
  • Durable
  • Both manual and electric

Cons

  • Short battery life
  • heavier weight
  • Not ideal for hills

Drive Medical Cirrus Plus

This wheelchair comes a carbon steel frame. Safety, comfort and convenience were given priority when it was being designed, with the foam seat even coming with a seatbelt. Other features of the wheelchair include swing-away foot rests, calf straps and heel loops, non-marking wheel locks and a padded upholstery back rest with adjustable tension. The adjustable joystick and anti-tip wheels provide excellent mobility for both indoor and outdoor.

Conclusion

As a horse rider, you are bound to get some sort of injury at some point or the other, and in this article, we have summarized the best electric wheelchairs for you to choose from when recovering.