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Heads up, the heat is on

from USPC

YAY! Summer has finally arrived! Rallies, clinics, preps and mounted lessons are in full swing all over the country. The fun has begun and the road to Festival lies ahead! Boots and tack are being cleaned and polished repeatedly and mounts are being kept groomed and spotless. All of this is a great reflection of the hard work and dedication of our Pony Club members. Meanwhile, old friendships are being rekindled and new ones are being made.

As all this is taking place, the summer heat and humidity are rising, especially in the South. So amid all the hubbub and fun take time out to review the Heat Illness Safety Page on our Pony Club Web Site. There is plenty of information there to remind you of the various stages of Heat Illness and how to recognize them and treat them. The important point of all of this is for you to remember to stay cool and hydrated. Drink plenty of water or sports drinks and avoid caffeinated beverages. Seek shade and avoid riding during the hottest parts of the day. Keep an eye on your friends and remind them to drink plenty of fluids too throughout the day. During any of these activities if anyone feels dizzy or develops a headache or muscle cramps it is very important to report this to an adult in charge so that appropriate steps may be taken get the person hydrated and cooled off.

It doesn’t happen often that we fall off our horses, but when we do it is important to make sure that we are safe. Now is also a good time to check out the Concussion Safety Page on the on web site. There you will find plenty of information on what a concussion is, and what the signs and symptoms are. You don’t have to black out or lose consciousness to have suffered a concussion! Just being confused after a fall, or feeling dizzy can indicate that you or your friend has suffered a concussion. Concussions are serious, but with the proper care and treatment they can be healed. However, without the proper care and treatment they may become more troublesome, and even worse if you suffer a second fall before you have fully recovered. It is important to remember that should you or a friend fall and show any signs or symptoms of a concussion you must stop play and seek medical attention. If there is any question as to whether a concussion has occurred: when is doubt, you must sit out!

There is a something blowing in the wind up ahead on the Festival road! Keep watching for further hints!   more

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