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Traumatologie des cavaliers en fonction du mode d'éducation du cheval (approche classique vs approche éthologique)

Abstract : Horse riding is one of the riskier sports. Some disciplines such as cross country or running are more risky, however, 45% of accidents occur outside of organized activities or competitions. Several studies found that 64 to 66% of accidents could have been avoided with better education and better knowledge of horse behavior. We therefore wanted to show that using an ethological approach, based on the study of horse behavior and its way of life in its natural environment, could reduce the frequency of these accidents. We carried out a retrospective study by means of a questionnaire distributed on the Internet, mainly via social networks. This study showed statistically significant results on the frequency of falls as well as on the number of medical consultations, hospitalizations and the need to stop work or absence from school. The “disrespectful” behavior of the horse during handling on foot tends to disappear with the transition to an ethological approach. After their change of approach, 38% of respondents said they fell less and 28% did not fall again. 26% said they had fewer injuries and 21% said they had no new injury. 93% have a better relationship with their horse. 58% have better sports results. We have been able to show a reduction in accidents among riders using an ethological approach, but a questioning of the entire equestrian environment is essential to change teaching methods and improve the wellbeing of the horse, also essential to reduce these accidents.
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Marjory Dooghe. Traumatologie des cavaliers en fonction du mode d'éducation du cheval (approche classique vs approche éthologique). Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2020. ⟨dumas-03211137⟩



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