At some point in a horse’s life, this box is going to be the treasure that saves your horse. With their nature, exorbitant energy and speed you must be prepared for unexpected injuries. It is always advisable to be prepared for the whole package. You cannot just have the horse and not take good care of him in desperate times. As a responsible care taker, primarily building and knowing how to use a condensed first aid kit is essential to provide basic medical assistance for your equine companion.
We are listing out some vital items required for a basic first aid kit that will allow you to handle any common accidents for the time being, before your vet comes into picture in more severe incidents.
The Box: Ensure you first pick a box that is compact in size, easy to access and organized.
Bandaging Supplies: cotton rolls, adhesive and non-adhesive bandages. Use these to dress a wound and keep the dressing in place respectively.
Antiseptics: These are used as wound cleansers, convenient to wash off skin infections, punctures and lesions. Popularly used are Betadine and Hibtane. Also stock up on antiseptic scrubs and antibiotics.
Clean stable wraps: Provide adequate absorbent padding by using multi layer wraps. Ensure they are clean and stretchy in material that can be easily used during emergencies. These need to fit snuggly and not too tight restricting blood flow.
Gauze diapers: These will be used alongside Gamgee and cotton pads to provide proper coverage and enclose the wound. It adds to the padding and secures the dressing.
Creams and Ointments: Possess an array of ointments that are both natural and medicinal to aid in healing nicks, cuts and ruptures. Zinc Oxide cream is popularly used to soothe and protect minor lesions.
Epsom Salts: This is a good element to soak in and remove infections from grazes and slashes. It sterilizes the area and allows for a healthy for of treatment.
Tools: Being equipped with additional instruments will be beneficial. So, thermometer, cutters, hood picks, tweezers and such will be of good use.
Tip: A restraining setup using a head collar and rope can be implemented to keep your horse in control while treating them. Their responses to pain tolerance may be different and you need to avoid any uproar.
This first aid kid is only a basic set up and can be built upon as you become more aware of treatments and how to carry out certain procedures. Always leave more serious injuries to be attended by a vet. Do what you can to keep your horse at ease and comfort him during that time. The cost associated might be pricy, yet very valuable when the time comes. Only use sterile and clean tools to maintain overall hygiene.