Every horse owner should have a stocked first aid kit readily available in the stable and trailer. What supplies should the first aid kit contain?
Let’s think about the most common emergencies our practice: colic, lacerations, and eye injuries. Basic supplies to provide first aid care for these emergencies are appropriate for a horse owner’s first aid kit.
Supplies we recommend your equine first aid kit contains include:
- Digital or mercury thermometer
- Triple antibiotic eye ointment that doesn’t contain cortisone or dexamethasone
- 16” combine rolled bandages (2)
- 6” Kling bandage rolls (4 rolls)
- 4” Vetrap (4 rolls)
- Duct tape (1 roll)
- 4” x 4” cotton squares (24)
- Dilute chlorhexidine wound cleansing solution (4 oz)
- Banamine paste (1 tube)
- Topical antibiotic ointment or antiseptic wound spray
When an emergency arises with your horse, contact your veterinarian for specific instructions. Armed with these recommended supplies in your first aid kit, your veterinarian will be able to instruct you regarding specific first aid measures you can take to provide relief to your horse until your veterinarian can arrive to provide care.
Badger Veterinary Hospitals’ ambulatory large animal veterinarians and technicians are here to get you back in the saddle with our full-service, 24-hour emergency care. Learn more about Badger Equine Veterinary Services.