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Equine Health

First Aid Kit

Katy Raynor, DVM

15 Members way, Dover NH 03820
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Equine injuries can be just as common whether your horse is stalled or turned out to pasture. The best way to treat any injury, however, is to be prepared with a well-stocked, easily accessible first aid kit. In fact, keeping even a few of the below first aid essentials could help save a severely injured horse's life while you wait for your veterinarian to arrive. 

Vital first aid supplies

Every horse owner needs a few basic first aid essentials. These items will help you dress wounds, reduce swelling and inflammation until your veterinarian arrives. Depending on your preference, pre-made first aid kits are available at our clinic. Or, you can make your own kit with the following items: 

  • Bandages - protect wounds, support muscles, and hold ice packs with horse leg wraps or self-adhesive bandages.
  • Blunt-Tipped Scissors - safely cut away and remove bandages and wraps.
  • Buckets - soak hooves and more with a few buckets kept specifically for first aid use.
  • Flashlight/Head lamp - view wounds and injuries in darkness or poor light conditions.
  • Hoof Pick
  • Ice Packs - prevent and reduce swelling.
  • Rubbing Alcohol - used as a disinfectant as well as good for cooling horses rapidly if febrile.
  • Sheet or Roll Cotton - help apply pressure bandages or offer support to injured muscles or bones.
  • Sterile Gauze - clean and cover minor cuts and wounds with sterile gauze or Telfa (non-stick) pads of various sizes. Use gauze rolls to hold dressings and pressure wraps in place.
  • Exam Gloves- keep your hands clean and help prevent wound contamination.
  • Thermometer - measure your horse's temperature (normal range is 99.0°F to 101.5°F) whenever you have a concern before you call the vet. EVERY FARM SHOULD HAVE ATLEAST 1 WORKING THERMOMETER!
  • Stethoscope- Know how to take your horses heart rate! Great information to help your vet!
  • Wound Antiseptic
  • Wound Cleaner

Easy access to your veterinarian's and farrier's contact information is also vital. In addition, a complete record of all your horse's medications, vaccinations, and wormers is essential - especially in an emergency. 


Helpful first aid extras

The best first aid kit holds a range of products to deal with a wide variety of injuries or accidents. In addition to the basics, however, having the following products accessible will help you further prepare for almost any mishap: 

  • Electrolytes
  • Probiotics- (good quality)
  • Eye Cleanser/Saline
  • Hoof Boot
  • nSAIDS (phenylbutazone, banamine, Equioxx) - Only used after consulting a veterinarian Always take temperature before administration.
  • Poultice
  • Trailering and Barn additional tip!

Always have a fire extinguisher available in your barn and trailer/truck at all times!




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