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To those who travel to events solo...

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  • To those who travel to events solo...

    I almost always compete alone, and have been thinking about what I can do to make everything better for the coming season. For those who are in the same boat, what precautions do you take so that you and/or your horse can be taken care of in the event you are injured at the event? I never really thought of it until I was at an event last year where someone got hurt and no one really knew what to do with the horse. I was thinking about putting an "emergency information" page, or something similar, on my trailer door in the event that I am injured and can't get my horse home. I know there is basic emergency contact info on your medical armband, which is helpful when dealing with accidents when jumping, but it doesn't provide a ton of info. I was thinking at minimum to put on it all of my emergency info again, the name of the horses vet, insurance, boarding location, phone numbers for where the horse is boarded, etc. One thing I haven't thought of a solution for is where to put my keys to that they could be found (by people with the right intentions!) so that my horse could be taken home. Anyway, does anyone have any ideas that have worked well? I am probably over analyzing this, but doesn't hurt to be prepared!

  • #2
    Nope, you are not over analyzing at all.

    I have an emergency contact list on my trailer door. I make sure my cell is charged and by the list. There is also a note as to where my keys, wallet and living will are located as well. That note is hanging inside the trailer so as not to get blown away if the door is in the wind.



    • #3
      You could consider putting a note with your truck/trailer description and license plate # in with your medical arm band. Include where you have hidden your keys there as well.

      Also, become a part of groups like the Adult Riders....and find out who is going to the same event, similar divisions. Then you can buddy up.
      ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


      • #4
        Pony club requires all competitors to post a stall card containing key information on either their trailer or stall door at competitions. It is pretty comprehensive (everything about pony club tends to be pretty comprehensive! ) and might be a good reference for non-pony clubbers, also.

        I will frequently do a lot of events on my own...I should probably consider making one up for myself to use, also.

        Pony Club stall card


        • #5
          If I'm at a show alone I put the vital info (barn/stall number, what my truck looks like, where it's parked, where the keys are ) on a piece of paper that I tuck in my armband. Leaving info in my trailer does me little good if nobody knows which trailer is mine.

          Usually I at least remotely know SOMEBODY at any given show, and eventers are unfailingly quick to pitch in and look after each other, so I have few worries on that score.
          Click here before you buy.


          • #6
            Originally posted by deltawave View Post
            .. Leaving info in my trailer does me little good if nobody knows which trailer is mine.

            Generally, I just need a note that says look for the Colorado plates.


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by deltawave View Post
              If I'm at a show alone I put the vital info (barn/stall number, what my truck looks like, where it's parked, where the keys are ) on a piece of paper that I tuck in my armband. Leaving info in my trailer does me little good if nobody knows which trailer is mine.
              Good idea, I didn't think to put some additional info in my armband!


              • #8
                I have the emergency information posted on the door of my trailer clearly marked. It lists my name/contact info, vet contact info, boarding barn location/number and the names/numbers of several people who can be called to come drive the trailer and pony home if I am unable. I only show pretty locally (within an hour and a half of home base) so the contact people are pretty close and the odds that no one will know me at an event pretty low- now whether they like me enough to help is another issue .
                I never thought of the fact that they won't know which trailer is mine if I come off while riding- I like the idea of a note in my medical armband saying what my truck and trailer are.
                There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)


                • #9
                  There is, or used to be, an emergency info form. I fill one out and give it to the secretary when I check in on the day and let them know I am alone.

                  Additionally I take the next step and give one to the ambulance crew, I have asthma and pure oxygen doesn't work for me. So I make a note, say hi, joke it up and also include my xc colors/outfit.

                  I talk to the folks parked next to me, preferably on both sides so there is more than one person who knows I am alone.

                  And lastly I find someone I know at the event and ask nicely if they'll just make sure that its not me being hauled off in an ambulance if there's a significant hold on course.

                  All this I do along with the note on the truck/trailer, spare keys, and detailed instructions on my horse.

                  Is it a lot? Sure. But I'd rather have all the extra conversations I need to feel like if I got my 11th concussion that Lad, my stuff and my own health were covered as much as possible. Plus I promised my folks that I would do my best to come home at night.

                  "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


                  • #10
                    *** Add on***

                    XEROX of your insurance card with/in armband...

                    And never hurts to give a copy to the ambulance crew and secretary as well.

                    "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


                    • #11
                      Insurance info is nice, but one need not worry about not being treated if that information is unavailable. It's the very last thing the EMS/ER people are going to be interested in.
                      Click here before you buy.


                      • #12
                        I give my emergency info to the secretary (which identifies the horses, rig, etc., as well as contacts, and has a couple specific cautions about one of the ponies lest someone do me the favor of trying to load him).


                        • #13
                          I have emergency info in my truck/trailer but I think I will add the armband note about where my rig and keys are.

                          The one time I did get carted off in an ambulance I had come alone with two horses...but mr.asterix decided to come watch and arrived just in time to see my crash...and two good friends arrived to spectate not long after...they took care of my horses AND the dog (no, I did not bring a dog on top of two horses, alone...hubby brought dog but wanted to come to er with me).

                          It was wonderful -- they knew exactly what field to put the ponies in, where to park the truck, etc.

                          Advantages of having a tight knit local eventing community ...
                          The big man -- my lost prince

                          The little brother, now my main man


                          • #14
                            I added my truck & trailer description to my armband as well - that way if I'm knocked out they can match my horse to my trailer. And call someone!


                            • #15
                              Yikes! I guess I need to start doing MORE!
                              --Becky in TX
                              Clinic Blogs and Rolex Blogs
                              She who throws dirt is losing ground.


                              • #16
                                Great ideas

                                Wow! I have never thought of these things. what terrific ideas to steal!


                                • #17
                                  Something I haven't seen mentioned that I always kept in the emergency packet in my trailer: name/phone number and map/directions to both the barn and the vet clinic.

                                  That way, it might be possible for someone to get your horse back to his home if you are unable to, or get him to the right clinic if you're both in trouble.

                                  (The latter is less important at a recognized even where there will be a vet present, but I also used to go trail riding and to local things where there isn't.)
                                  ... and Patrick


                                  • #18
                                    You know, I've thought a lot about this. Not for me, but for my sister who sometimes goes alone. I've thought that it would be great to have a network of some type for support people... during which you can find out how your peop is doing if you're not there. I would be happy to do that for anyone else if I were at an event and they couldn't be there and their rider was alone.

                                    The fact is, though, that there's the medical armband and the event has the emergency contact info. Nonetheless, you can never be too prepared for an emergency.


                                    • #19
                                      Having been on the other side more than once (as the organizer holding a horse as the rider leaves in ambulance) this is a great thread. The armband stayed with rider and I did not have access to that info. I really like the idea of the note to secretary. Maybe this is something I can even do the day of, tho few people have the time. I have had trouble finding keys, but did find them eventually. Worse case - we had to call husband who is in car with kids on speaker phone and ask him the color of truck and trailer. Yes please be prepared. Make sure your emergency contacts are correct and not just some formality on entry form. In any case please be assured your horse will be well cared for.


                                      • #20
                                        US Rider has stickers, one that you stick on your trailer door saying that there is emergency info. inside (you'd have to know where my trailer keys are in order to get in there though) and another that you stick on the inside of your trailer with all pertinent emergency info. They also have a sheet available here. Great post!!!