Hand injuries from leading horses

Injury. 1991 Mar;22(2):124-6. doi: 10.1016/0020-1383(91)90072-m.


An estimated 3.5 million people ride horses in the United Kingdom (Cannon, 1989). Injuries consequent to falls are common (Edixhoven et al., 1981), but those sustained while leading horses are less well recognized. In eight cases inappropriate grip of the reins or halter rope while leading a horse or pony resulted in an avulsion injury to a finger or thumb. It is suggested that people at risk be informed of such injuries.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Finger Injuries / etiology*
  • Finger Injuries / surgery
  • Fingers / surgery
  • Horses
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Surgery, Plastic / methods
  • Thumb / injuries*