Another successful weekend at a horse show with my mobile unit has come and gone. It truly is wonderful to watch the kids and adults alike groom, prep, work and show their steads. Although it was a hot one this weekend, everyone seemed to be in good spirits and a gentle breeze kept the gnats at bay.
A little incident happened early on in the show day that got me to thinking. I know, that can be dangerous!! A woman was leading her daughter's beautiful pony along the path from the barn to the show ring. When the pony sauntered by my mobile tack trailer, he saw something that looked worthy of a closer look. He yanked the lead rope right out of mom's hand and proceeded to investigate the bag of polo wraps that he was convinced was a bag of peppermints. It happened so quickly and the mom went into "momma bear" mode to keep the young child from getting stepped on that she completely ignored the fact that the nylon lead had just zipped across her palm like a lightning bolt. Fortunately, someone was right handy to grab the nosy pony and when the dust settled, mom looked down at her burned hand, aghast at what a simple nylon lead can do! I jumped up to see if everyone was OK and after seeing the damage done to mom's hand, I reached for my trusty first aid kit that I always keep in the trailer, right next to the emergency sewing kit (buttons, right?) I was able to disinfect, soothe and wrap the hand before the EMT was located.
While I was rummaging around in the kit, I noticed the box of Bandaids was empty! The ice bag had deflated, and someone took the bandage scissors out and not returned them (OK, maybe that was in the sewing kit!) It got me to thinking, as I said before, that every April, I used to do a complete safety check on my horse trailer before show season began. Why did I not pick a month when I would check all my first aid kits (truck, trailer, home?) So, I hereby unofficially designate August as Bandaid Month! You still have two weeks left to check yours! Perhaps the 4-H kids or the Pony Clubbers could do a safety poster to get the word out. Let's make August, check-your-kit month for everyone.