Triage & Emergency Care of Injured Rider in the Hunting Field

Source: The Iroquois Hunt, Lexington, KY
Purpose: Safe evacuation & expert care for injured riders

How it Works:

As former MFHA President and Iroquois MFH Jack van Nagell states, “Our protocol is to do everything possible for optimum safe evacuation and recovery of an injured rider.” The protocol is a list of recommendations that Iroquois is making available to all MFHA hunts. Highlights below.

Hunts should do their homework and find the best and most advanced trauma group and doctor in their
area. Then establish an agreement with that trauma team for immediate care when called upon. This should include an emergency number to call, ideally one connecting with the head surgeon. Other highlights of the recommended protocol:

  • Advice about dealing with someone who has fallen
  • Who notifies whom in the field when an accident occurs
  • Who calls 911 and which EMS service to request
  • How to select best place to meet EMS
  • Location and phone number of pre-established trauma unit
  • Who to stay with the injured person and precautions to take
  • What the emergency field kit should include and who carries it
  • Use of an oral airway, if needed, and persons qualified to administer

It’s further recommended that key hunt members consult area maps prior to every hunt so there is clarity on what instructions to give EMS personnel. This practice is also useful for helping new members learn the territory.

In December of 2023, an Iroquois horse slipped and fell on top of its rider. The emergency protocol was activated immediately. Within five minutes EMS was contacted, and within 15 minutes the chief of the pre-selected trauma center was giving immobilization and transport instructions. Broken bones were repaired and the hunt member is most grateful for the very effective actions taken!

For more information about this protocol, contact the MFHA at 540-883-0883 or

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