There's nothing better than hacking out in the summer sunshine, just you and your horse at one with nature. But sometimes that wonderful ride turns into a bit of a trip - I know, I've been there.
Something spooks your horse - in my case it could be a blade of grass, a killer fridge abandoned in a gateway, a carriage pulled by a horse and followed by around four huge hounds (ok, in that instance it was totally understandable). But what do you do if the worst happens and you go out the side door? Speaking personally I always carry a phone with me (as well as polos in case of emergency catching situations) and happily I have never had to use it, managing to either limp home or hang on with no stirrups and by clamping myself to his body.
Now though there's possibly a better way. Horse & Hound reports news of an app that has just been launched to help riders in desperate situations. The Rider Rescue app sends your location to the company behind the product, PRP Rescue Services, they then send this information on to the emergency services and vets. It sounds like a good idea to me, but what do you think? It costs £15 per year through www.prprescue.me