Homeschool Mom asks: When is a sport too dangerous to participate in, rather than just risky?
My daughter loves horses and horseback riding. She inherited it honestly, I had a horse when I was young and still ride with her when I get the chance. My daughter takes lessons at our local stables and is even learning to jump the horses. The thing is, when I was young I never thought for a minute about riding as being dangerous. Sure I got thrown off, kicked, bit and ran away with but that was all par for the course. Now I have a 10 year-old being thrown off etc...
I was at urgent care last night having her perfect chin sewed back together after she was thrown from a horse. Her safety helmet sliced a three inch gash through her chin that had nurses administering smelling salts to me because it was so gruesome to watch. Of course it was already infected by the time we got to the hospital because of the horse poop and dirt.
As I watched her fall from the horse in the ring with a nose dive, face plant that lifted her legs over her head in a scary twist that made me think her neck was going to be broken, I started to think I don't want her to ride anymore.
I looked at some statistics and it turns out that a study from New Zealand where they do a lot of riding horseback riding, horseback riding topped the list of most dangerous sports with 28.6 injuries per 1000. It had a comfortable lead over mountain biking with 14.8 per 1000 participants which were followed by hiking and surfing.
When is it too much to risk participating in a sport you love?