With the arrival of two more horses, I knew it was time that I needed to expand the first aid kit that I have for the equines on Archer Farms. Sure, I have one already, but with only one and a half (the mini is counted as the half) horses on the property, it wasn’t a very large kit.
Not to mention, these horses aren’t quite familiar with the place and I remember how my guys had a few run-ins with accidents in the first few months. Especially the first time they experienced the 4th of July here. Fireworks are legal, and out in the country people definitely like to make things explode. It can sound like a war zone for pretty much the week before and a week after the holiday.
So what are the essential must haves?
- Phenylbutazone aka Bute (whether pills, paste, or in powder form)
- Betadine Antiseptic Sudsing Wash
- Vet Wrap
- Gauze Pads
- Latex Gloves
- Blunt-end scissors
- Antiseptic Ointment
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Epsom Salts
- Cotton Rolls
- Saline Solution
- Hoof Pick
- Medical Tape
Of course there are the essential items, however, there are also a few other things that you should have just in case too.
- A clean fly mask, to protect an injured eye
- A flashlight with fresh batteries or a headlamp which is a better choice to keep your hands free
- An Easyboot or poultice boot, to keep a hoof or coronet injury clean
- Duct tape—useful in any emergency, and especially good for hoof wraps, as it’s water-resistant, moldable, and fairly durable.
- A couple of clean buckets designated only for first-aid use
- Hoof testers, which can help you diagnose a foot-related lameness
- Material for a splint—PVC pipe, one to two feet long, split lengthwise, can be used on top of a leg wrap to support a leg that has suffered a fracture or severe tendon strain until your veterinarian arrives (Ask your veterinarian for advice on how to safely apply a splint before the emergency occurs.)
- A snake bite kit, if you live in an area where snakes are a problem
- Tweezers, if you live in an area where ticks are a problem
- Thick sanitary napkins for applying direct pressure to a bleeding wound.
- A tail wrap
- “Second skin” collagen bandages—these are expensive, but get rave reviews from horse owners who’ve used them to protect minor wounds.
- A twitch to divert your horse’s attention while you doctor his injuries.
And a bag or plastic bin to put everything in and keep it safe and clean from the elements! So darling followers that are horse/pet owners do you have anything in your first aid kit that’s not listed? I’m always open to add great things!