Why use Medi-K and First Aid Training Co-operative for your equestrian first aid course?
Kay Patterson was the founder of Medi-K First Aid Training. Kay was an ambulance technician and paramedic before setting up her own business training people in first-aid skills. She has been a keen rider for 25 years and owns a 16hh Appaloosa gelding.
Cory Jones founder and Director at First Aid Training Co-operative has a background in outdoor recreation and sports and is a wilderness emergency medical technician.
Between them they have decades of experience of dealing with real live first aid situations in the outdoor sand with riders. This knowledge has led them to develop a series of equestrian specific first aid courses. Medi-K is the preferred first aid provider for British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA), Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), Godolphin, British Grooms Association (BGA) and many others.
As a paramedic attending incidents involving horse riders, Kay Patterson found herself repeatedly hearing the same phrase from bystanders: “I just didn’t know what to do.”
This prompted her to set up her own business offering training in first aid skills, to equip anyone involved in horses with the knowledge of what to do if an accident happens.
According to Kay, although most people expect accidents to occur at competitions, most of her equine-related call outs as a paramedic were to riders who had suffered a fall out hacking.
“We’d go out to people whose horse had spooked and they’d fallen, or riders who had decided to pop a log on a forest ride and come off,” she says. “Everyday riding can result in all sorts of dramas which makes it so important for riders and horse owners – and friends and relatives of riders – to be educated in first aid”.
Being around horses can be fun, but it’s also high-risk and you need to be prepared. If someone is with a person that has an accident they tend to panic because they don’t know what to do. It’s what not to do that’s the most important thing to learn.
“Certain things that someone might instinctively do can cause more damage to the casualty,” says Kay. “For example, pulling them to their feet and telling them to get back on the horse or taking off someone’s hat when they may have neck damage”.
“You’ll find people take their friend off to the coffee shop for a drink because they’ve had a fall and are feeling drowsy, when in fact they’ve got concussion and need medical help”.
Taking a first-aid course will leave you with the confidence of knowing what to do should a situation arise – and it could lead to you saving someone’s life.
To find out which first aid course is best for you check out our specific equestrian first aid webpage.
Medi-K and First Aid Training Co-operative have come together to run specialist equestrian specific first aid courses. For more information about our first aid courses please contact us.