Horses Will Be Horses: That’s why it good to be prepared!

Everyday Horse Antics that may need a first aid kit

If you own a horse, then you are familiar with their antics.  As horse owners we wish that we could simply wrap our horse up in bubble wrap and leave them in a padded stall every day.  Of course this is not a valid option, horses will be horses.  It is our responsibility as horse owners to BE PREPARED!  That is why composing a first aid kit for your horse is a very good idea. 

 

You should have one barn first aid kit in an easy accessible place.  There are pre-packaged first aid kits available to purchase, however you can easily assemble one of your own.   Be sure to store your first aid kit in an air-tight and waterproof container.  Containers that work well are tackle boxes or sewing boxes.  You can mark the container with red marker or tape so that you can easily recognize it as your first aid kit. 

Here are some handy tools to have is your first aid kit:

  • A thermometer-to take temperatures
  • Scissors
  •  A stethoscope-to take vital signs: refer to article “Basic Horse Health: Knowing your Horse’s Normal Vital Signs”
  • Vet wrap
  • Gauze
  • Vaseline- to use as a lubricating jelly for the thermometer
  • Tape
  • Cold pack- if it’s too cold to cold hose
  • Hydrogen peroxide-for cleaning wounds
  • Betadine-antiseptic scrub
  • Gloves
  • Flashlight-see in dark light better
  • Saline Solution-to clean wounds near the eyes
  • Sterile cotton
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Tweezers-to remove ticks
  • Poultice-to reduce inflammation and swelling
  • Epsom salts-to make a soak for an abscess
  • Iodine shampoo-to treat various skin problems
  • Diapers- great for bleeding wounds or hoof abscesses
  • Hoof pick
  • Leg wraps
  • Clean fly mask-to cover face in the case of an eye injury
  • Easyboot-in case of a thrown shoe
  • Hoof testers
  • Wound Cream
  • Desitin- which is great of scratches
  • Twitch-to divert your horse from their injury
  • Bute-be sure to only administer at the behest of your vet

 

Additional items that you should have handy but may not be in your kit are emergency numbers, horse health paper and/or history, and a cell phone.  If any situation is be on basic first aid care, call a vet!  Along with an equine first aid kit it is a good idea to have a human first aid kit as well.  You can purchase one or easily assemble one for yourself.  This will cover the human antics of the barn as well as the horse’s.  Now that you are prepared for all of your and your horse’s antics, enjoy the ride knowing you are prepared for life’s little bumps and bruises!