Have you ever wondered what would happen if you fell off your horse and couldn’t be rescued by car? Thanks to the work of the Air Ambulance charities, you’re in safe hands.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service offers some top tips on staying safe out hacking, and what to do to help the emergency services help you:
- Wear appropriate safety equipment, even when you are out hacking. Sadly a lot of injuries we see would have been less severe if people had been wearing the correct equipment.
- Always let someone know when you go out riding and where you are going and what time you are expected to be home.
- If a helicopter is called, make sure all horses are taken out of the way as they can be very nervous when the helicopter comes in to land – we would hate for further incidents to occur.
- If the helicopter is coming to an equestrian centre and you have a preferred landing site, wear your high visibility jacket so you can be seen from the air and direct the pilot to the correct area.