Making a First aid Kit?

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  • DocsWinsomCash Original Poster DocsWinsomCash
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    I just bought the mare I was leasing for several months. (Yayy!) and We’re moving to a new barn in november where I will be roughboarding. I have a few weeks and have pretty much everything I need except a first aid kit. Where I am now we contribute to one we share. I have a few things of my own but does anyone have a good list of what to keep in it?

    Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, they will have to accept that their life will be radically changed.

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    Yayy! Congratulations on your new mare!! I have a purchased first aid kit that contains alcohol swabs and betadine rinse, bandages, cold pack, vet wrap etc. It’s probably cheaper to buy that in one package. Smartpak has a trailering first aid kit that has practically everything in it but they have smaller ones as well.

    Because I live in the middle of nowhere and the vet can take a while to get here, and I’ve taken care of horses for years, I keep a lot of different supplies which you may not need but I’ll include them for your consideration.

    There are many items you should discuss and obtain from a vet for emergency use such as bute and banamine (but only use if okayed by vet – I keep them so I don’t have to wait until he gets here to give them pain relief after he okays it.) You’ll need both because the bute is more for injuries like bone breaks, tendon sprains, or laminitis treatment and bantamine is the drug of choice for colic because it is effective for the stomach. I repeat: Do not use unless instructed by the vet.

    Electrolyte paste (found in some of the more thorough kits)
    Ulcergard for when they need NSAIDs like bute or previcox

    Also at least two complete sets of polo wraps and quilt wraps.
    Boots in case a shoe is lost.
    Eye ointment
    (again only use if vet approves).

    Because I’ve dealt with tendon injuries, I keep EPF-5 in supply, probably not a standard thing unless you need it, and available from your vet.

    For trail injuries, I keep wound dust which stops bleeding effectively, but it has to be thoroughly washed off before you can treat the wound. And wound treatment varies – if just a bump or small scratch I use an aloe healing cream. If larger, or if bleeding, I use furacin cream after I clean it. If proud flesh develops I use animax to eliminate it. Some riders swear by Vetricyn. I keep that on hand, too. Sometimes a different product will work better depending on where the wound is located.

    Thrush medicine; there are lots of varieties. I like Thrushbuster. It makes a purple mess, so others prefer different brands.

    You may not need any of the above things, and I hope that is the case, but you do have a horse, and things happen to them. Discuss your circumstances with your vet and ask her/his assistance in putting together what you’ll need. At the very minimum purchase a kit with bandages, antiseptic ointment, and cold packs. And while you are at it don’t forget the rider – aspirin, insect bite relief, athletic bandage, etc.

    Wishing you many healthy happy trails,

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

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