Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Eastern Ontario
Offense Taken - Need A Vent
I haven't posted in a little while, because honestly, things have been going pretty good with my life. I was just thinking about how well Nell and I are doing, and how much better my job is getting, but then came tonight and my good mood all went to poop. I'll bring it all the way back to Thursday night when I was working. A volunteer asked my coach if she could ride in the arena during the last lesson. That was fine, it's a pretty big arena that would have only been occupied by two ponies. Despite her total lack of respect for arena rules, things went quite swimmingly. At the end of the lessons the two kids were allowed to ride bareback for a few minutes, so when we were finished, I had to go pick up the saddles to put back in the tack room. While I wasn't looking, this volunteer asked the horse to canter, he bucked and unsaddled her. From what I saw it looked like a pretty bad fall, and she didn't get up. So one of the moms and I ran over to assist her. She complained of blurry vision and pain in her hip. So we decided that it would be best to call an ambulance. The horses were removed from the arena, and the mom and I continued to apply first aid and evaluate her. She was lying on her side (that's how she landed) so we cushioned her head and back with blankets. She was breathing normally, head trauma seemed to be minimal as she was coherent enough to tell us what was wrong, ask us to get things for her to go to the hospital with her, was able to have a conversation with someone on the phone, and continued to form sentences until paramedics arrived, and there was no vomiting. So tonight, she went onto the barns facebook group and posted this long winded wall of text about how useful wilderness first aid practice was and how useless basic first aid is in a situation like that. She even went on to say that the only reason she wasn't hurt worse is that she was trained as a kid in how to tuck and roll while falling, and she knew what to do for her own spine and concussion symptoms, and that no one on-site "demonstrated they knew what to do beyond calling an ambulance." Did anyone get any thanks for sticking around to make sure she was okay? No. I could have left, I had the option to go home, but I decided, out of the goodness of my heart, to stay and make sure she would be okay, and all she can say to that is "no one on-site demonstrated they knew what to do beyond calling an ambulance." My first aid skills are pretty basic, sure, I could probably learn a lot more, but come on, you can't be the least bit grateful someone had the heart to call an ambulance for you and provide some help?
Thank you for feeding us years of lies. Thank you for the wars you left us to fight. Thank you for the world you ruined overnight. But we'll be fine, yeah we'll be fine.
Last edited by BornToRun; 09-15-2013 at 10:36 PM.