SEPTEMBER 2017 I Horseillustrated.com
Check expiration dates on
medications at least once or twice a
year so you can discard as needed
rectal thermometer: a 5" thermometer with a string and alligator clip to
attach to the horse’s tail.
stethoscope: for counting heart rate
and listening to intestinal sounds.
Needles and syringes for injectable
Flashlight or head lamp with fresh
Forceps, hemostat or tweezers to pull
out splinters, cactus spines or debris.
Multi-tool that includes wire cutters,
pliers, and a rasp; the latter two tools
are useful for removing a twisted,
sprung or bent horseshoe.
Lip chain or twitch: be sure you know
how to use these safely and know
whether your horse accepts them as
First-Aid Kit Basics
A card or laminated paper with phone
numbers for your veterinarian, an
emergency veterinary hospital, a
farrier and 911.
Insurance company contact
information if your horse is insured.
specific instructions regarding
allowable medical care (procedures
and finances you are willing to pay)
if your horse is injured and you
are unavailable. Also, list contact
information for at least one or two
other people authorized to make
these kinds of decisions on behalf of
A list of everything in your first-aid kit
so you can ensure that supplies used
(crossed off once removed) will be
Pocket-sized first-aid book that
covers basic horse emergencies. Be
sure to learn how to take a horse’s
vital signs and know what’s normal
for your own horse.
It’s a beautiful day and you’re ready to take your horse for a ride. As you enter the paddock with halter in hand, you see a steady stream of blood ripping down his lower leg. Where did that come from? Sure enough, he’s managed to get into a bit of trouble with the fence and now has a sizeable laceration that needs to be dealt with. It goes without saying that it’s always best to be prepared for the inevitable. Let’s look at a variety of items that you’ll want to have in an emergency kit that enables you to care for your horse while waiting for the vet. In
all cases, be sure to store all supplies completely out of reach of children, pets and
other animals, and in as temperature-controlled an environment as possible.
Wound and Hoof Essentials
Resealable container: this stores many of the supplies, but can also be used as
a vessel for preparing a cleansing solution by adding 1 tablespoon of salt into a liter
(roughly a quart) of clean water.
Antiseptic solution: povidone-iodine or chlorhexidine.
Antiseptic scrub: povidone-iodine or chlorhexidine.
Gauze squares ( 3"x3") for scrubbing a wound if your horse allows it.
Surgical gloves to prevent further wound contamination when scrubbing
Topical antiseptic wound dressing that is water soluble, like silver sulfadiazine
cream or triple antibiotic ointment, for applying to the wound to keep it protected.
Oral antibiotics (trimethoprim-sulfa or doxycycline): at least a couple of doses
to last until your vet evaluates the wound. Always consult with your veterinarian
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