Staying Safe When Riding Out | Identifying Yourself
Nobody wants to think they may be involved in an incident that leaves them unable to tell anyone who they are, much less their family and friends will not know what has happened to them.
Here are some easy ways of helping yourself and emergency services in the event of an accident.
Always take a charged mobile phone with you when riding out. Add an ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact into your phone with the details of someone responsible you would want to be contacted in case you had an accident. This can help emergency services get in touch with your next of kin as quickly as possible.
Some phones allow key medical and ICE contact information to be displayed on the lock screen without the need for a password or code. Check your phone's instructions or ask in your network's store to see if this is available on your handset. There are also a variety of phone apps that can be downloaded or bought which are specifically for emergency situations.
Horse and Rider Identification
Tags and armbands are easy, low-cost and highly visible ways of identifying yourself and your horse.
A medical armband allows your name, ICE contact and any medical information to be immediately visible to emergency services.
If you've been unfortunate enough to part company while riding out, a tag attached to the saddle or bridle could help anyone who finds your horse to ensure they get home quickly and safely. Add the horse's name, yard location and emergency contact information and make sure the tag is easily visible.