bsms - Again, that article is old. Dated 1999.
I'm not the one quoting statistics, you are.
So I am surprised you post "Jumping is a fairly dangerous equine sport, with risks going up 1,000-4,000%" (September 11) and you are not using the most up to date data you can find, but instead rely on statistics from reports from 1990, and since that time safety standards have improved drastically.
Other than helmets, which were seeing use in some of the studies, there has been no dramatic change in standards. I am using the best information I could find. If you have better, post it. Until then, all you have are your feelings, which are not backed up by ANYTHING.
The point is not that people shouldn't jump, but that they should realize it IS more dangerous and takes steps to reduce the danger - primarily by good instruction. The studies I've seen indicate helmets reduce the risk by 50-75%, and that means they are not a cure-all. A 75% reduction in a 2000% increase would still be a 500% increase.
The link I had to data from 2008 is no longer posted. In it, the ONLY statistics they kept were falls DURING a jump vs falls NEAR a jump. Hmmm...what does that tell you about the number of falls between jumps or during dressage? I'm sorry that study is no longer available on the Internet.
If you think jumping involves no added risk, you can join the backyard jumpers practicing jumping over lawn chairs and tables without helmets or instruction. But I've posted the data I've seen. You have offered nothing.