First Aid Kits
Aid Kits are compulsory and must contain: triangular bandage, whistle, vet
wrap or similar, glucose tablets, wound bandage, rider ID card, space
The Branch has a number of spare kits available for loan to
non-members. However, riders are encouraged to have their own first aid
kit if they regularly hack out from home.
There are 2 medical cards. The A5-sized detailed card should be
completed, sealed in an envelope and handed in at the event office. It will
be returned with your award after the ride. The smaller ID tag should be
attached to your bib for the duration of the ride.
Trot-Up for Veterinary Inspection
Horses should be trotted in a straight line between the markers
(30 metres apart), turned to the Right and trotted back to the Vet, again in
a straight line and on a loose rein. If you’ve never done this, or if your
horse may be excited on the day (or if you’re not likely to manage the 60
metres yourself!), please practice at home.
The One-Minute Test
This is used at the end of Competitive rides. It uses the Trot-Up
as described above, and the one minute is started when the horse starts
to trot away. The heart rate is taken at the end of the minute. (Tip: trot
him/her up at an active pace – the heart rate comes down most during the
rest after completing the trot-up.)
All gates, which are part of the route, will be marked in some way (see
Leave gates as you find them. Do not ride away if a single
dismounted rider is trying to close a gate.
Even with the start times spaced out, there will be a certain amount of
overtaking. When a horse catches up on another, it is obviously going
faster, and it is correct to let it pass quietly as soon as possible. The
same principle applies when you catch someone up. Then it is helpful and
polite to tell the rider ahead that you wish to "pass on the left (or
These are marked with tape over a variety of ground, roads, tracks,
moorland, forest, often by kind permission of the landowners. Respect their
property and keep off crops, don’t frighten animals, and walk through
farmyards. In other words be courteous and responsible and ……. Have fun!!!