To investigate the demographic details and patterns of injuries related to
horse handling, we reviewed 637 horse-related injuries in 581 stable- or st
ud-workers in a representative area of thoroughbred stabling in Japan. We f
ound that (1) injuries occurred most frequently in a group of a relatively
young workers, with a seasonal variation; (2) the principal mechanism of in
jury was kicks, which accounted for 39.2% of all injuries, including 11 ser
ious and one lethal visceral injuries; (3) the upper half of the body was m
ore frequently involved than the lower half; and (4) the peripheral bones (
hand and foot) and the ribs accounted for more than half of 148 fractures.
These findings are distinct from those in horse-riding injuries reported in
the literature and emphasize the importance in developing preventive strat
egies specifically for workers in horse stables.