You know what they say about horses:
"They can find a needle in a haystack and then get injured by it."
It’s a great idea to have a First Aid Kit ready.
By having a First Aid Kit ready, if your horse gets into trouble, you don’t have to go rummaging around for some basic supplies. I am not a vet, but I always liked speaking with my vet and figuring out some basic treatments I can do myself at home. My vet had always been aware that I would often rescue horses and to try and keep the costs down. He would help me figure out what I could do on my own without the extra cost of him making a trip to the farm.
It would be a good idea to check with your vet about a First Aid Kit for your needs at your horse’s next vet appointment. Have him or her look over your inventory and make suggestions as necessary.
You know the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
I keep my first aid kit stocked with:
- VetWrap – used to wrap any injuries, but it has many uses!
- A cotton roll – for cleaning and protecting
- Boric Acid – To be used as eyewash
- Band Aids – For humans!
- Banamine – I like the paste. This works great for mild colic.
- Scissors – To cut bandages etc.
- Q- Tips – I’ve actually used Q-Tips to clean out some nasty thrush on a neglected horse. Now I keep them in my First Aid Kit as a precaution.
- Peroxide – I prefer to use this diluted 2:1
- Epsom Salts - great for soaking hooves if there is an abscess
- Antibacterial Soap – This works great to clean superficial wounds and cleaning your hands before touching a wound
- An Iodine Wash
- Horseman’s Dream Cream – A very gentle first aid cream for minor cuts and scrapes. This is my most used product.
- Bute also known as Phenylbutazone – a painkiller by prescription only.
- Linament – For soreness, stiffness, and sprains
- Dandruff Shampoo – works great for flaky skin in body, mane and tails.
- Disposable Syringes- these work great without needles to inject peroxide into a wound.
- Ice Packs - for swelling
- Wound Powder - or some similar product containing a coagulant to stop bleeding.
- Thrush Buster – Creates a physical barrier on your horse’s hoof. It is purple so you can actually see when it needs to be reapplied.
- Thermometer – I have always been able to tell if a horse has a fever without one, but I cannot always predict the exact temperature, so I like to have a thermometer on hand so I can check on a horse’s progress. A horse’s normal temperature should range between 99 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Clorox –Years ago, I had rescued a horse with severe rain rot. My vet suggested I use a mixture of Clorox and water. Ten parts water to one part Clorox (10:1), and it worked great! It very quickly cleared up the rain rot without harming the horse.
The best thing you can do for your horse is to periodically check his stall and pasture for anything that could potentially harm your horse. Keep every area that your horse is exposed to free from obstructions. Even with the best of intentions, a horse will eventually have a scratch, scrape, or some other minor injury so be prepared!
I am sure my readers have many other helpful tips on what to keep in a First Aid Kit For Horses.
What’s in your First Aid Kit?