You have a first aid kit why shouldn’t your horse have one too?
By: Ben Mitchell, DVM
If you own a horse you understand that an emergency can happen at any time. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected. For example, having a first aid kit for your horse.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners is a great resource for not only veterinarians, but owners as well. They have many articles as well as contact information to better prepare you for an emergency/disaster.
Hopefully you will never need it, but an Emergency First Aid Kit is always nice to have in your barn and horse trailer.
The following, are a list of easily available items that could be useful until your veterinarian arrives:
Portable container (Tool/Tackle box/Medic Bag) with your Veterinarians’ Emergency
Number, Farriers’ number, and a phone number for a transporter attached.
Vetwrap (use as a secondary bandage as long as a thick primary support is applied first)
Epsom Salt (for soaking an abscess)
Betadine Solution (for soaking an abscess with Epsom and flushing wounds)
Thermometer (if rectal temperature over 101.0 F, let your veterinarian know)
Scissors/Pliers (prefer bandage scissors, do not remove sharp objects, call your vet first)
Duct Tape (Gorilla Tape) (apply to bottom of hoof bandage)
Diapers (for soaking an abscess)
Triple Antibiotic Ointment (Silver Sulfadiazine/Neosporin)
Standing Wraps/Combine Roll (for covering lacerations or support edema on the lower limbs)
Banamine (Anti-inflammatory) (Paste is available and the injectable form can be given
orally if not comfortable giving intravenous injections)
Saline Solution (for flushing wounds/eye)
Rubbing Alcohol (If febrile it will decrease body temperature when poured down back)
Magna Paste/Ichthammol (treating any abscess)
Large Syringes (for flushing wounds)
Tongue Depressors (to apply topical medications if you forgot gloves)
Hand sanitizer (for you not the horse)
As always call your veterinarian before treating any emergency situation. This list is to help you feel better prepared, with the tools needed until the Vet arrives.