Having a well stocked first aid kit and knowing how to use all of the items in it is an essential part of owning a horse. Be sure to learn proper first aid before attempting to use any of these items as serious damage can be done if they are used incorrectly. If you have any questions, it is best to seek the advice of an equestrian professional.
The first and most important part of the first aid kit is the container you use to hold everything. It should be large enough to hold all of your kit while at the same time being portable enough to grab and head out to the paddock for horses unwilling to come in. This is the advantage to using a portable kit as opposed to a drawer in your tack area. Your kit should be kept neat and well organized so you can easily find things when you need them. When you use something, replace it right away so that it will be there for you next time.
Here are a few things to keep in your first aid kit:1: Rectal Thermometer 2. Stethoscope 3: Latex gloves 5: Knife or mulit- tool 6: Notebook/paper and writing utensil 7: Grooming tools specifically for first aid kit 8: Hoof rasp/file 9: Tweezers 10: Standing bandages 11: Gauze pads 12: Vetwrap/ Coflex 13: Wash clothes/Towels specifically for first aid kit 14: Halter and lead rope 15: Triple antibiotic ointment (ie. Neosporin) 16: Sheet cotton 17: Magna Paste/Itchammol 18: Cleaning solution (ie. Chlorhexidine, Iodine,alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide) 19: Pain medication ( ie. bute paste, ) 20: Banamine paste 21: Catheter tip 60cc dose syringe for oral medications 22: Duct tape – higher quality duct tape is ideal. The thinner and less tacky the duct tape the more will be needed for a proper foot bandage. 23: Bandage scissors 24: Medical adhesive tape 25: Flashlight preferably a head lamp 26: Epsom Salts 27: Hoof knife 28: Used shavings bags. Usually just a few with no holes in them to use for soaking feet.
It is very important to work with a trainer or other equine professional who can teach you proper first aid techniques. On your first aid kit or inside it you should have contact numbers for you and your veterinarian. You should keep a primary veterinarian’s number as well as your choice of equine hospital. Educate yourself on how to properly use all of the items in your kit. Mismanagement or improper treatment can turn something minor into a serious problem. If you are at all uncertain, call your vet!
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