Outside of our regular territory, Palm Beach Hounds will post a county map showing the approximate area in which we will hunt on a given day. While ideal, it’s not always possible to have someone be at the Meet to direct emergency personnel to the location of a fall, but PBH will do its best.
Palm Beach Hounds encourages all members to obtain and maintain Red Cross Basic First Aid and CPR certification. For course fees and information, contact the Red Cross.
We will identify before each meet the field members that are carrying radios, mobile phones, first aid kits, and smoke flares. When possible, radios and phones will be available to both jumping and non-jumping groups.
One field member should collect the fallen rider’s horse and keep it away from the treatment site. All other riders should also remain a safe distance away from the fallen rider. (Imagine looking up at several horses’ faces and legs while helplessly flat on your back.)
No less than two riders should safely, yet quickly, return to the closest major trail and entrance to guide medical personnel to the accident scene upon their arrival. When an injury occurs, please do the following:
Please ask if there are any medical personnel in field as some of our members have medical training and can assist in an emergency.
DO NOT move any fallen rider unless in imminent danger, as they could have a head/neck injury.
Check that the airway is clear and open, being especially cautious if you suspect a neck injury.
Check for breathing…is it there? Shallow? Labored?
Check for cardiac pulse at the neck or wrist…is it there? Weak? Out of rhythm?
Keep the victim quiet, warm with hunt coats, or the cool of shade as necessary and reassure the fallen rider. Shock can occur when victims decide they are “ok” too soon!
Control any spurting bleeding with pressure and stock tie bandages and pins. Immobilize joints above and below any suspected compound fracture using tree limbs, sticks, and stock ties. Boots can be a good “cast” or “pressure bandage,” and in many cases, you should not remove them.
You should immediately call 911, if you suspect the injuries to be serious.
You should not give fluids as nausea is a common side effect of most severe injuries and may only complicate any EMS treatment to come.
As a rule of thumb, provide the victim with what is missing, help by remaining calm yourself and think!
If there is a serious fall, you must inform family members, even with minor injuries. This is in order for them to be alert to the possibility of delayed reactions after arriving home.
Field members arriving back at the trailers, should assist in the case of the fallen rider’s horse and secure their vehicle/trailer as much as possible. Palm Beach Hounds encourages members to plan who would care for their horses and return them and their transports in the event of a bad fall. We recommend that you tell at least three other people where your extra keys are in your trailer, so that someone is able to get your horse(s) home if you cannot.
When we hunt in either the Hobe Sound or Dupuis areas, emergency airlift and ground transport go to Martin Memorial Hospital North, 300 Hospital Avenue, Stuart, Florida. The main phone number is (772) 287-5200.