When dealing with horses, accidents happen. Your horse’s wellbeing is your highest priority. Don’t be caught without these 5 essentials in case of an equine emergency.
One of the earliest signs of illness can be fever. Make sure you have a thermometer on hand in your barn. A basic vet thermometer like this one will get the job done. Make sure to tie a string or yarn to the end – this thermometer has a ring for it at the top but the string itself is not included.
You can never have enough towels at the barn. For wound situations, these MicroFiber towels work great because they are lint free. Use them to clean small wounds or to apply pressure to stop bleeding. Hand wash and air dry (or toss after use as there are 2 in a pack).
3. Wound Spray
There are many different wound sprays available, but one of the most commonly used is Betadine. Betadine is a microbicidal antiseptic sudsing cleanser containing Providone Iodine (7%) that promptly kills bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa and yeasts. A new product line to hit the market, EquiSilver, uses chelated silver as an active ingredient. It is 100% natural, non-toxic and testing has shown it to kill over 600 disease causing organisms. Their wound spray is quickly gaining popularity. Make sure to keep at least one of these products on hand to ward off infections under the supervision of your veterinarian.
4. Gauze / Cotton
Your vet may instruct you on how to dress a wound. A great option for dressing wounds is our Dura-Tech® Absorbent Cotton Wool & Gauze Roll which will not stick to wounds and can be cut to any size. Highly absorbent hospital grade cotton with non woven outer cover, it is great for protecting injuries while allowing them to heal.
5. Dressing Bandage
Keep a wound dressing in place with a self-adhering bandage such as Guard Tex Leg / Tail Wrap. The wrap is made of surgical gauze impregnated with natural latex and it adheres only to itself. It makes a “soft cast” when used over quilts and is very resilient. Another option is to use Dura-Tech® Vet Flex which hand tears and adheres to itself.
Need something for travel? This veterinarian approved Horse Aid™ First Aid Kit contains all the essentials you need. Keep one in your barn and trailer at all times!
When injuries occur, always contact your veterinarian.