In this article we’ll discuss the contents of an equine 1st aid kit. These kits can be purchased ready-made but often times it’s best to put a kit such as this together yourself so that you are more familiar with the contents when the time comes to use them in an emergency. An equine 1st aid kit can be easily and readily assembled from items that you already have on hand or obtained through your local feed store, or veterinarian.
Your 1st aid kit should be kept in a convenient location where it will be easily accessible and handy for emergencies. It’s also good idea to have a kit in your trailer for trailhead emergencies. Regardless of where you keep your kit make sure it’s prominently labeled so no critical moments are lost by needless searching.
1st Aid Kit Components
A critical component of your 1st aid kit is the container. Not only should your container easily hold all of the required items in your kit, it should be closable to keep dust and debris out and it should also be a multi-tasker. Commonly used containers include kitty litter tubs, feed tubs, and other sturdy water proof plastic containers with lids. Containers such as these not only will keep your kit together they’ll also serve quite well to soak an injured hoof or carry water.
Items that can be commonly found around the house:
Specific Use Items:
Non Prescription Items:
The knowledge to use every item in your 1st aid kit is just as important as having the items on hand. Ask your veterinarian to show you how, and when to use this equipment. Keep a copy of one of the many books on equine 1st aid in your kit to refer to when an accident happens.
Your veterinarian's and farrier's contact information should printed clearly in several locations in your 1st aid kit so that no unnecessary time is lost in contacting a care provider.
All items should be checked periodically to insure that they are in a usable condition in the event of an emergency.
In addition to the basics, having the following products accessible will help you further prepare for almost any mishap:
Despite their beauty and grace, horses are prone to accidents. From small scratches to puncture wounds or strained muscles to broken legs accidents can and do happen. The best way to treat any injury is to be prepared with a well-stocked and easily accessible first aid kit. In fact, keeping even a few of the items listed above could help save a severely injured horse's life while you wait for your veterinarian to arrive.
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