Thanks lionlady for that horrifying but convincing story. I also just started riding. Just took the msf class and got my license. I got a helmet but im still trying to get a riding jacket. Never crossed my mind that i would need a first aid kit. I will be putting one together soon. Oh i got a question tho. So what are the maxi pads for again? I was thinking to absorb blood but dont they have a powders and things on em that might complicate things?