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Horse Riding Injury Claims

Horse riding is something many people enjoy, but when things go wrong the consequences can be serious and even life-changing. If you’ve had a horse riding accident that wasn’t your fault, our solicitors could help you claim compensation.

Can I Claim Compensation For A Horse Riding Accident?

If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you could claim compensation. Our expert lawyers have helped people make horse riding accident claims after being injured:

  • In road traffic accidents
  • While working with horses, either on a voluntary or paid basis
  • At competitions, whether taking part or watching.

Although there are always risks when dealing with horses, you have a right to be kept safe by those responsible for your wellbeing. This might be school instructors, stable owners, or other road users.

We’ll look at what could have been done to prevent your accident, and help you make a claim against those responsible.

How Can I Claim Horse Riding Accident Compensation?

You should contact us as soon as possible after your accident. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss what happened to you and whether or not we think you have a case. If you do start a claim we’ll discuss different ways to pay like No Win No Fee agreements.

We’ll gather information and contact those responsible for your accident to see if they accept responsibility. If they do, we’ll try and secure interim compensation payments before your claim settles. This can help pay for things like immediate medical treatment, travel costs, and loss of income if you can’t work.

We aim to make the claims process as simple as possible, supporting you every step of the way.

How Long Do I Have To Make A Horse Riding Compensation Claim?

You’ll normally have three years to make a claim from the date of your accident. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

  • Claims on behalf of children – these can be made any time before your child is 18. Once they’re 18 they can make their own claim until they are 21
  • Mental capacity – there are no time limits to make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the mental capacity to claim themselves.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a horse riding accident it’s best to contact us as soon as possible.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Horse Riding Injury?

The amount of compensation you can get for a horse riding injury claim will depend on your individual circumstances. Some of the things we will take into consideration are:

  • How serious your injury is
  • Current and future loss of earnings
  • Medical and travel expenses you've had to pay
  • Your care and support needs – now and in future.

We’ll make sure your compensation is enough to help you pay for any medical care you need, rehabilitation and any other expenses you’ve had to pay because of your injury.

Can I Make A No Win No Fee Horse Riding Injury Claim?

Most of the cases we handle are funded using a No Win No Fee agreement. This means there’s no financial risk* to you when making a claim. You’ll only have to pay anything if your claim is successful - your opponent will pay most of our fees.

Why Choose Us?

Our personal injury solicitors are based across the country, so wherever you are, we’re on hand to help. We understand the issues you may be facing and our team will work hard to get a positive outcome for you and your family.

In the past two years we’ve helped our personal injury clients claim over £1 billion in compensation. Our lawyers know how frustrating and traumatic an injury can be and we’ll support you throughout the claims process.

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Horse Riding Injury Claims - More Information
    • What Constitutes Negligence?
    • Horse riding is not without risks, and riders and others working with horses know this. Some people have a duty of care to make sure you are as safe as possible, however: employers, instructors, stable owners and other road users all need to take precautions to ensure accidents are avoided. Negligence could lead to injury because of:

      • Defective or unsuitable equipment - such as the saddle, reins girth or riding hat
      • Inadequate or unsafe instructions during lessons or hacks
      • Irresponsible driving by other road users
      • Being provided with an unsuitable or unpredictable horse

      If you are working with horses, for example at stables, livery yards, or trekking centres, there should be safety procedures in place to avoid accidents happening. At competitions and gymkhanas, the event organisers have a duty to keep both participants and spectators as safe as possible.

      If you would like to find out more about making a claim, contact us free on 0800 056 4110.

    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • By making a horse riding injury claim, you might be able to access compensation which takes into account:

      • Your pain and suffering
      • Rehabilitative therapy and support
      • Counselling support
      • Loss of earnings
      • Expenses (such as travel costs to hospital or therapy appointments)

      The amount of compensation you’re likely to receive will depend on a combination of the above factors and the severity of your injuries.

      If the person or organisation responsible for your injuries accepts responsibility early on, we could also help you get access to interim compensation payments. These payments can help cover your ongoing care costs (including rehabilitation) and expenses (such as travel expenses) while we’re working on your case.

    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your accident at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your injuries. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence to support your claim. We’ll also look at the care and therapy you’ll need to recover from your injuries, as well as long-term implications for your health and the associated costs that need to be factored into your compensation.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

    • Who Can I Make A Claim Against?
    • If your injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, we can help you make a claim. Examples of those you could make a claim against include:

      • Stable owners/employers
      • Venue owners/event organisers
      • Road users
      • Instructors

      To find out more about how we could help you, contact us on 0800 056 4110.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be better options to fund your claim. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Meet Our Horse Riding Accident Claim Solicitors
    • We have experienced solicitors based across the country who specialise in helping people claim compensation for injuries caused by riding or working with horses. We understand the issues that you and your loved ones may be facing, and we can answer all of your questions in plain English.

      As well as helping you claim compensation, we can help with your rehabilitation and recovery. If you can’t work because of your injuries, then we can also advise you on benefit entitlement and arrange for the best possible support to help you recover.

      We’ve helped many other people who have suffered horse riding injuries, and we’ll use our experience to get a positive outcome for you and your family.

      Meet our personal injury experts

I would be so pleased to always recommend Irwin Mitchell to anyone who had a legal case that they needed help with.”

Karen O'Brien, client
Karen, client

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Risks Of Horse Riding?

While bumps and bruises can be part and parcel of riding, more serious injuries can have lasting consequences.

A kick from a horse could leave serious bruising or broken bones. Falling from a horse, especially at speed, can have devastating consequences – including spinal damage, head injury and paralysis.

As with any sport, there is always some risk of injury involved, but this doesn’t mean you should expect to be badly hurt when riding or working with horses. With proper safety measures in place, you can reasonably expect to enjoy riding without accident.

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Who Is Responsible For Horse Riding Accidents?

While riders and those working with horses know that a certain amount of risk is involved, they also have a right to be protected from preventable accidents.

If you are employed at a stables, livery yard, trekking centre or similar, your employer has a duty to ensure that:

  • You are provided with the correct equipment and training
  • The facilities meet safety requirements
  • You're given horses you're capable of handling

If any animal has a history of aggressive or unpredictable behaviour, your employer should make you aware of this. These precautions also apply if you’re taking riding lessons or going on a hack.

While falls might be expected at competitions and gymkhanas, it’s the duty of venue owners and event organisers to ensure that the correct safety measures are in place. Common examples of negligence include:

  • Faulty jumps
  • Unsuitable riding surfaces
  • Obstacles left in the wrong place
  • Insufficient barriers between the riding area and the audience

Although horses can be unpredictable, there’s no reason you shouldn’t expect to be kept safe around them. With the right precautions in place, accidents can be prevented.

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What Should I Do If I've Had A Horse Riding Accident?

If you’ve had a horse riding accident, the most important thing is to attend to your physical wellbeing. Visit your GP or local hospital immediately to get treatment for your injuries.

For the purposes of making a claim, it is useful to gather all the information you can about the accident. If possible, take photos of your injuries, the place where the accident occurred and also of the horse that injured you.

Try and get the name and contact details of any witnesses – their account could provide us with important information. If your accident happened at a riding school or stables, report it to the relevant person and take a copy of the accident report form for your own records. If your accident happened on the road or in a public space, report it to the police. It could also be helpful to log incidents with the British Horse Society.

Recovering from injury could take a long time, and we recommend that you keep a record of all the care or help you need in your day to day life, as well as time taken off work and earnings lost because of this. We also advise you to keep receipts for your expenses – such as travel costs to get to and from hospital and therapy appointments. All this will help to show the impact that the accidents has had on you, and will enable us to secure the level of compensation you deserve.

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Our personal injury solicitors work closely with rehabilitation specialists to ensure that our clients receive the support they need.

We want you to have the best possible quality of life after your claim, and we’ll make sure that you have access to advice, care and therapies to achieve this.

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