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Continued on page 4 MID-YEAR 2004 • 3 AMERICAN MEDICAL EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION / SAFE RIDERS FOUNDATION United States Pony Club 2002 Accident Report Continued from page 3 Activity Of the 127 accident reports in 2002, 109, or 86%, of them involved mounted activities; in 2001, 76% involved mounted activities.

Of the mounted activity accidents, 22% were from rallies.

This is much higher than 1999 and 2000 percentages, and while it is considerably lower than the 2001 percentage, it is likely that 2001 was abnormally high due to being a Nationals/Festival year.

The Unmounted and Rally percentages are included in the above table, along with the percentages for the various mounted activities included in the accident reports and the percentages from 1999, 2000, and 2001.

Each mounted percentage reflects the percentage that a particular activity represents of all the mounted activities; eg, 17% of the mounted accidents occurred during cross-country.

This was done so that the percentages associated with the mounted activities could be compared across years.

The “jumping” activity excludes cross country jumping, while “mounted meeting” excludes all jumping, “games”, and “taking lesson” reports.

Although comparison between the years may be difficult due to changes in the way accident activities were tabulated, it comes as no great surprise that jumping fences remains the highest area of risk. 45 percent of the mounted accidents in 2002 were jumpingrelated.

While this is a modest decrease from the 49% in 2001, it still appears to reflect an increasing trend, as jumping fences constituted 39% of the mounted accident reports in 1999 and 43% in 2000.

Accident report percentages involving mounted meetings, games, and “taking lesson” were comparable to those of 2001.

The accident reports for hacking/trail riding (4), polocrosse (3), as well as vaulting, dressage, etc., have been lumped under “Other” since their percentages are so low. However, a further analysis of the 2002 accident data revealed that causes such as falling/slipping, refusing, and bucking, were more likely to occur in a ring than outside.

While this finding does not diminish the need to maintain tight control outside of the confines of a ring, even being within those confines does not allow us to relax.

Accidents can still happen in a ring when pony clubbers are overfaced, or not in control.

The incidence of pasture accidents remained low, continuing the trend seen from 1999 to 2001, while stall and grooming accidents (categorized as “saddling” in 1999 and 2000) also decreased.

The “Other” percentage was about the same as 2001, and continued to be higher than 1999 and 2000.

The “Other” category included accidents that occurred while mounting/dismounting in the barn area, working in the trailer area, and walking to/from the barn.

These percentages serve as a reminder that accidents do happen everywhere, and that both pony clubbers and adults need to maintain a focus on circumstances on the ground that could lead to accidents away from “where the action is.” Percentage of Accidents by Causes (1999-2002) Percent Causes 1999 2000 2001 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 Flat Unmntd Mounted Jumping Percentage of Accidents by Location (1999-2002) Percent Location Arena/Ring Outside Course Saddling Trail Pasture Stall Grooming Other 1999 37 40 4 4 11 0 0 6 2000 53 26 5 2 5 0 0 8 2001 27 42 0 2 0 8 5 16 2002 50 23 0 5 2 5 0 15 Pony refused jump 17 Pony fell or stumbled 17 Pony bucked/reared 15 Pony kicked rider 1 Pony stepped on rider 0 Pony running away, spooked, shied 15 Pony overjumped, knocked fence, broke fence 5 Rider out of position or not in control 19 Unrelated to riding 2 Equipment failure 0 Other 7 Unrelated to horse 0 N/A 0 8 9 27 5 0 12 2 24 5 0 6 0 0 10 11 12 7 4 12 0 12 3 2 19 2 6 5 14 15 2 4 20 4 18 2 0 12 2 2 0 1 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 5 1 1 5 13 15 0 2 19 4 18 0 0 7 1 1 27 8

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