The science and some technical stuff
A review of video evidence, research and recent investigations has revealed that training in safe falling techniques has not to date been embraced by the horse riding industries.
Death and serious injury to jockeys and riders is tragic to say the least. We owe it to these courageous jockeys and riders who engage in riding actiities to protect them in every way possible so that they can pursue their profession, their passion or their hobbies with a higher degree of safety.
The prevailing view may be that fall safety training will not make any difference to injury outcomes in high speed fall incidents as the rider has no time to respond. Based upon what we know about human reaction and movement times (see discussion topic below), riders should in most situations have time to respond in a fall incident in order to significantly reduce the risk or severity of injury. As the time available before hitting the ground may often be less than a second, the rider's response needs to be spontaneous. This can be achieved with training.
There are some very talented researchers who have collected and analysed data to report findings that have assisted in the improvement of safety standards for horse riders and research in this area continues today. These research initiatives often involve looking for patterns in data over a period of time that may be related to an increase or decrease in injury rates and types.
If, as some have suggested, training in proper fall safety techniques will not make any difference to horse rider injury outcomes then the training will, at the very least, do no harm and also improve the riders fitness level. If you as a horse rider were asked to be a participant in a study to determine the effectiveness of fall safety training on reducing injuries, which group would you choose to be in - the untrained group or the group that has been trained in fall safety techniques? As of 2015 you have a choice.
Jockeys and riders who participate in this training . . . have nothing to lose AND much to gain!
Research, Studies & Reports
Source: Talking Horses Interview with Danny Warrington
Environments: A consideration of the Workplace Health and Safety Framework.
(Click on the link below to listen to the audio file)
Source: Talking Horses interview with Lindsay Nylund