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Horseback riding is viewed as a dangerous sport due to the propensity for riders to be thrown forward from a horse and land on their upper back, neck, and head. The accident sustained by actor Christopher Reeves that ultimately paralyzed him is often held up as a prime example of the dangers of horse riding. But just how dangerous is horse riding?  There's no denying that horseback riding has an inherent danger to it due to the nature of being seated high off the ground, the unpredictable nature of horses, and riding at speed for most equestrian sports. However, the data is inconclusive...

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It's normal to feel protective and risk-averse during pregnancy, but it's also difficult to give up on your horseback riding activities. On the surface, riding a horse while pregnant seems like a risky activity for your pregnancy and your own safety. Can you go horse riding while pregnant? The fact is, the benefits of horse riding while pregnant are many, although you should balance the benefits with your comfort level and the changes in your body. Ultimately, you should consult with your gynecologist about the possibility of riding while pregnant before you put your foot in the stirrup. It's a known...

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Horse riding arenas can come in a variety of sizes in order to accommodate various uses and disciplines. The standard arena size is sufficient for flat work, jumping, and riding on the diagonal, but horse and rider can benefit from the space of a larger arena to learn how to judge distances, engage in drills, and work on perfecting a routine. The optimal size of an arena is one with a length that's double the size of the width, but a minimum size sets the standard for a horse-riding arena. The minimum size of a horse-riding arena is 60' wide by...

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Dressing up for horseback riding lessons is a relaxed affair, but you still need to wear the appropriate items for comfort and contact with your horse. You'll need a helmet, breeches, a shirt that breathes and moves with you, and boots. Here at Equoware, we have a great selection of clothing for when you're looking for what to wear to horse riding lessons. Meanwhile, here's a look at the essentials you'll need to wear during a lesson.  Riding Helmet The riding helmet is the most important part of your wardrobe for horseback riding as it protects your head from serious injury. Schooling...

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Horseback riding is viewed as a dangerous sport due to the propensity for riders to be thrown forward from a horse and land on their upper back, neck, and head. The accident sustained by actor Christopher Reeves that ultimately paralyzed him is often held up as a prime example of the dangers of horse riding. But just how dangerous is horse riding?  There's no denying that horseback riding has an inherent danger to it due to the nature of being seated high off the ground, the unpredictable nature of horses, and riding at speed for most equestrian sports. However, the data is inconclusive...

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