These days there are few excuses – perhaps other than cost – not to use safety equipment that makes riding and working with horses less of a hazard.
For riders, there are many items to choose – helmets, stirrups, vests, and so on – but what if you’re thrown from your horse and suffer an injury that affects your faculties? Or if the worst happens and you require emergency treatment but the medics don’t know that your allergic to a drug that’s critical to your treatment?
That’s where Road ID comes in. Targeted at runners, cyclists and other athletes, this is a must-have for anyone who rides alone – and those who might need extra assistance.
There are similar ID bracelets available, but none that I have seen that look as good and don’t cost the earth.
When ordering you’re given advice on what to put on your tag. Allergies are obvious but even if you have no medical issues, you can note “NKDA” (no known drug allergies), your name, age, a contact phone number, and any other information that might be helpful. It’s a good idea to put your name and year of birth on, and your NHI or National Insurance number.
I bought a Road ID Wrist ID Sport model earlier this year with an extra wristband – having both black and red allows me, as a stylish equestrian, to accessorise. The Wrist ID Sport was $US19.99 and the extra wristband $US3.99. They arrived in about two weeks.
This model has six lines that can be laser printed with whatever you want. The wristbands come in six colours, and have reflective stripes.
But there is an array of different sized products, including dog tag gaskets, ankle bands, scout bands, other reflective items, and more.
There’s also an online support service you can join up to, which gives first responders a web address where they can put in a serial and pin number giving access to your information. This service is just $US9.99 a year.
The innovative range of Road ID products is the brainchild of Edward Wimmer and his dad, Mike. In 1999 Edward was training for his first marathon.
His dad, Mike, worried about him and “one day, he suggested that I carry an ID so that he could be notified if I had an accident while training. Of course, I dismissed that suggestion. I thought: ‘What could possibly happen to me while running?’ ” Edward said.
But one day he had a run-in with a pick-up truck, found himself in a ditch. “So, there I was, in a ditch, on the side of the road, having nearly been hit by the aforementioned pick-up truck. From that ditch, my father’s suggestion to carry ID started to make a tremendous amount of sense,” he said.
“Luckily I was OK. But, what if the truck had hit me? I would have been rushed to the local hospital as ‘John Doe.’ Without proper ID, family members and friends could not be contacted. Likewise, my medical records could not be accessed at the hospital. How long would I lay there unidentified? This freaked me out.”
Thus Road ID was born. There are many stories on the Road ID website from customers whose Road ID’s have helped them following accidents.
As I pack up the truck to go on an endurance ride, my Road ID wristband is one piece of safety equipment that’s as important to me as my riding boots and crash helmet.