Ensuring the correct first aid cover is an important aspect of Pony Club activities, as there will always be the potential for injury when handling and riding horses. It is important that a risk assessment is undertaken to determine the first aid cover required, the First Aid matrix can assist with this.
You will find guidance and downloads for medical cover, including first aid provision and consent forms along with the response to a rider receiving concussion, below. Further details are contained the First Aid section in the Health & Safety Rule Book.
The Pony Club defines two levels of first aider: Trained and Qualified. As a minimum requirement there must be a Trained First Aider at events.
Along with the mandatory first aid course content required by the First Aid at Work Regulations 1981, The Pony Club also recommends that the training of all first aiders includes an element of paediatric basic life support and injury training.
All first aid training must be delivered by a credible/reputable organisation that is able to demonstrate that:
▶ Their trainers meet the required standards
▶ The course meets the HSE content requirements
▶ It is delivered over the minimum teaching time
▶ A quality assurance process is in place.
Credible organisations should be able to demonstrate this compliance when asked.
All first aiders must hold an up-to-date disclosure check (DBS, PVG or Access NI).
Coaches are required to have the Emergency First Aid at Work qualification (EFAW) as a minimum to be entered on The Pony Club Coaches’ records on PELHAM.
Concussion and Head Injury
Concussion is defined as a disturbance in brain function caused by a direct or indirect blow to the head. Some people describe concussion as mild traumatic brain injury.
Medical attention should be sought immediately. Riders should not continue until they are deemed fit to do so by a Doctor or Paramedic.
The full policy and flowchart are available below.
Action After a Fall
As a teaching organisation we wish riders to be able to continue whenever possible. However, a rider must not be allowed to remount after a fall if there is any element of doubt as to their fitness, irrespective of the wishes of the parents / guardians, trainers, etc. Further participation may be possible following medical examination by a Doctor or Paramedic.