Horse Health Care & First Aid

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Equine first-aid kit

Find horse health care products and medicines that you need to keep on hand for your horse’s first aid and general horse management. You can handle most first aid needs of your horse if you are prepared.

Always make sure to keep a well-stocked equine first-aid kit in a place where it is easily accessed. Put one in your tack room and another in the trailer this way you will never be likely to be caught empty handed. Make sure and refill it after each time you use it. Also check periodically that the medicines are not outdated.

Here are some basic items to have in your equine first-aid kit:

  • Rectal thermometer
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Sharp, clean scissors Wire cutters
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Twitch, a device for holding the animal still during minor treatment
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Clean bucket, reserved for first-aid kit only, for washing out wounds
  • Clean sponge
  • Gauze
  • Cotton balls or sheet cotton
  • Hypodermic syringe (without needle), for cleaning wounds.
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Latex/medical gloves
  • Clean towels and rags
  • Disposable rags or paper towels
  • Bandages and other forms of protection
  • Absorbent padding
  • A Veterinary Emergency Handbook
  • Gauze to be used as wound dressing underneath bandages
  • Sterile wound dressing
  • Leg Bandages
  • Hoof boot
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Medical grade antibacterial soap
  • Wound ointment
  • Antiseptic/Disinfectant, such as Betadine, diluted iodine
  • solution, or hydrogen peroxide
  • Epsom salts for drawing out infection & treating pain
  • Poultice dressing
  • Phenylbutazone (“Bute”) paste for pain relief
  • Flunixin Meglumine (“Banamine”, “Finadyne”) granules or paste for colic treatment
  • Acepromazine (“Ace”) or similar tranquilizer pill, paste, or pre-filled injector
  • Epinephrine (adrenaline) auto-injectors for emergency treatment of a horse that goes into anaphylactic shock when stung by a bee, wasp or other insect
  • Veterinarian’s and farrier’s telephone and emergency numbers.
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