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First Aid Kits & What To Have In Them

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Every horse owner knows horses are pretty good at getting themselves into sticky situations. It’s a good idea to have a first aid kit in the tack room and trailer. Here is a list of things that would be good to have in both of your equine first aid kits.

Please always consult your veterinarian before giving your horse any medications or any kind of treatment.

 

Stethoscope

It’s important to be able to listen to your horse’s heart, lungs, and listen for gut sounds. An adult resting horse should have 28-44 heart beats per minute and respiration should be 10-24 breaths per minute. It’s a great idea to have your vet show you how to properly get these vitals.

Thermometer

Your horses’ temperature is another one of its vitals. Having a digital thermometer will give you access to being able to take your horses temperature anytime you need. An adult resting horses’ temperature should be between 99-101 degrees Fahrenheit. I like to keep a small tub of Vaseline in my kit too, just to makes things smoother.

Weight Tape

This helps get a close eye on the weight on your horse since giant scales are not easily accessible.

Chlorhexidine

The chlorahex solution is often used as an anti-bacterial cleansing agent in treatment and prevention of bacterial infections. This would be good for minor cuts and scratches. It is important to not get his anywhere near the eyes.

Noble Outfitters Wound Care

The Noble Outfitters Wound Care line will assist in the recovery process of the injured animal. Because it’s made from non-toxic, food-grade safe ingredients, it’s safe to use in animal’s eyes, ears, nose, and mouth, even on the most sensitive animals!

Gauze And/Or Cotton

Used for cleaning things such as minor cuts.

Just a small sample of contents of your tack first aid kit.

Just a small sample of contents of your tack first aid kit.

Latex Gloves

These help with cleaning and not getting bacteria transferred between you and horse. Keeps everything cleaner in general!

Bute

Bute (Phenylbutazone – a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) is great to have just in case something happens that your horse may be in pain from. Suppose you have an old horse that may get a little sore after the farrier comes and he has to hold his leg up for a while. You may give him a gram of bute before so he’s not in pain afterward.

Banamine

Banamine (Fluxinin Meglumine – another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) is good for horses that may be colicking. It’s good to have in a pinch if your horse may be feeling off and you can’t get the vet out right away.

SMZ’s

SMZs (Sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) are used to treat a wide range of infections in horses and other animals. If horses can find a way to get hurt – they will. This antibiotic is good to have on hand just in case.

 

It’s never a bad idea to keep extra supplies in your first aid kit like bandage wraps, poultice, elasticon, vet wrap, and always-useful duct tape! What are YOUR must-haves in your first aid kit? Share your tips in comments below!

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Skye-Anna Nye-Smith works as a vet assistant for Early Winter Equine and lives in the Ithaca, NY area. She is active in the horse community, competing in the Retired Racehorse Training Project; regularly attending shows in New York, Kentucky, and Virginia; and much more.

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