Horses tend to find themselves in troublesome situations more often than not, which is why it is imperative to have an equine first aid kit on hand. This reduces the risk of further injury and allows you to act quickly in an emergency situation that may even save their life.
The first aid kit should be within a waterproof box such as a metal, plastic or sytrofoam container. It can also be a good idea to have a couple of them in easy to access locations – one in the stables or tack room, and one in your vehicle for travelling.
What do you need in an equine first aid kit?
Equine first aid kits don’t need to be complicated and elaborate, they should just contain some basic necessities to treat your horse before a vet can arrive and fully treat them. The kit can be separated in to two parts – first aid for humans and first aid for horses.
- Phone number of vet and after hours clinic
- Roll of cotton wool
- Self-adhesive bandages and cloth
- Antiseptic solution
- Duct tape
- Leg wraps
- Wound ointment
- Latex gloves
- Eye wash
- Clean towels
- Epsom salts
- Petroleum jelly
For the rider:
- Absorbent compressed dressings
- Adhesive bandages and cloth tape
- Antibiotic cream or ointment
- Antiseptic wipes
- Instant ice pack
- Latex gloves
- Gauze pads and bandages
All these items should be within an easy to carry first aid kit, with more serious items stored in a place that is easily accessible in the event of an emergency. You may think that a lot of this is not necessary, however when it comes down to it, having a fully prepared first aid kit may save someone’s life or your horses life.