That is to say, "have you incurred the kind of injury that means you cannot continue?" We all know what horsey people are like - a broken rib here, a ligament loosened there, it's all par for the course so if you can make it to the next urtuu yourself, then so much the better.
If you can't proceed, we have a very sophisticated back-up system ready to swoop in, scoop up the bits that fell off and stick you back together. See the Derby Back-up and Crews section for more details on who's who.
If you do require immediate medical assistance, you can summon it using the SOS button on the SPOT tracker attached to your helmet/shoulder. You'll learn how at Pre Race Training.
This sends a message to HQ in Ulaanbaatar and help will be dispatched. Depending on where you are, this could take 10 minutes, or 3 hours. You must not move from your location once you have activated your tracker- within reason, of course. Time spent looking for you is very valuable time wasted.
If you are carrying a cell phone by all means call the HQ number as directed in your Rider On the Steppe Pack - any info you can give before help arrives will be very useful.
Once the medics are on the scene they are equipped to deal with all manner of mishap and will treat you accordingly. They will either clear you to continue, treat you at the scene, or if you require treatment in a hospital, make arrangements for you. If you have really done yourself a mischief, they have enough sedatives on board to keep you under until you wake up in Seoul- lucky you!
You should also use the SOS summons if your horse incurs a serious injury. You are all horseman, and you need to be sensible about this; there is no horse ambulance to get horses to 'definitive care', and in many cases the very best thing you can do for your horse is get it to the next station and a fully equipped vet team. Exceptions include wounds- if a clean and stitch job is required and pain relief should be administered, then we would seek to treat this at the scene, and you should summon a vet to your location and not move the hor