Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Technology and Horses

Technology and Horses, Sometimes the Old-Fashioned Way is Best

It’s good to know that even in these technological times, sometimes good old-fashioned ingenuity still beats out the hi-tech options.

Let me tell you what I mean.

Over the weekend, I heard a news report about a woman who went trail riding from a farm in Berlin, MA. Apparently, while out on the trail, the rider and horse parted ways and the horse returned home alone.

The rider had carried a cell phone with her but couldn’t use it due to the fall. However, the phone had a GPS system.

When the horse came back rider-less, the boarders and farm owner decided to call the local police. They told them what had happened and shortly after, the police and EMTs arrived at the farm with a couple of ATVs.

It was late afternoon by the time the searchers started out looking for the injured woman. Because the trail was overgrown and brushy, the going was slow, and not too long after, the rescuers lost the GPS signal.

About this time, one of the boarders jumped on her horse and set out on the trail. By following clues such as fresh hoof prints and manure, and calling out the woman’s name, it wasn’t long before she located the injured rider. At that point, she called the rescuers from her cell phone and directed them to the spot.

At the hospital, doctors found that the rider had suffered back trauma, a broken collarbone, and breathing problems from the fall. Regardless, the injured woman was grateful for the resourceful boarder and her trusty steed.

The moral of this story is don’t think that technology is the only way to go to solve a problem these days. Sometimes, the best solutions are the tried and true ones.

Double D Trailers, Inc.