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Here is a shopping list for horse supplies and a first aid kit. These resources run the gamut from grooming products to nutritional supplements. But there is an essential horse supply that you shouldn’t leave your barn, or your saddlebag without.
An Equine Vet First Aid Kit
An equine first aid kit might be just the thing that could save your horse’s life. Hollywood had often dramatized the situation wherein the rider shoots his horse because it is injured. Probably, he doesn’t have his first aid kit with him.
Get the Vet First Aid Kit (equine) at the right. There are only 4 left, but there are other Amazon sellers for it. Check out the picture of the contents.
You and I know from experience that no matter how thought out or planned an outing might be, there are just some things that just don’t go right. It’s not being paranoid, it is being prepared. Your preparation might help prevent your ride from turning into a Hollywood drama.
Your kit must be stored in a container or bag that can keep moisture and dirt out because these encourage the growth of bacteria. You would just aggravate your horse’s infection if you used contaminated bandages.
Use a saddle bag like this Showman Insulated Nylon Saddle Pouch if you make up your own contents. It works pretty good and holds a lot of supplies.
Aside from keeping tools, or grooming equipment, these are also good for storing first aid items. Among the things that you should include in your kit, a disinfectant probably is the most handy in most injuries.
Cleansing and Wound Care
From minor scrapes and abrasions to wounds, disinfectants are essential cleansers that need to be in your horse’s first aid kit. Just follow the manufacturers’ instructions especially when using industrial grades as excessive use could dry your horse’s skin.
Start with using Betadine solution Povidone Iodine antiseptic wound Microbicide solution to clean and disinfect the injury. Betadine is well known for help in preventing bacterial infections. It’s good for fungus, rain rot, girth itch, scratches, sweet itch, tail rubbing, dry skin, & bug bites.
Antiseptic scrubs and swabs become useful for disinfecting wounds in the absence of water. These are excellent substitutes for disinfectants because they clean wounds with the same efficiency, but without the need for water.
Ointments or wound powders are also worthy additions to your horse’s first aid kit. They can prevent entrance of new bacteria inside the wound and speed up the healing process. However, be sure to use ointments, powders, and creams that have been approved by your vet.
I love the Manna Pro Horseman’s Dream Veterinary Cream in the top right image. It brings the hair back in just a few days. It’s not messy or sticky and doesn’t attract dirt like most of the other ointments do. It spreads easily and absorbs quickly into skin. It’s formulated with aloe vera and wheat germ oil to help soothe skin; has antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. It also softens injured skin to help relieve painful or itchy crusting.
The Absorbine Silver Honey Rapid Wound Repair Spray Gel heals so quickly. It’s made with natural, medical-grade active ingredients and pH balanced so it Won’t disrupt skin’s natural microbiome. It’s spray on application stays in place and does not sting.
Vet Wrap and Gauze
There should be a supply of bandages in your first aid kit, or at least a couple with a wide width They are good for stabilizing fractures, splints, and securing pads over bleeding injuries. You should keep a roll of Vet Wrap Self Adherent Wrap for Dogs Cats Horses handy.
Speaking of bleeding injuries, cotton wool and gauze are essential for preventing excess bleeding. Wound dressings come in sterile individual packs and they are good for covering wounds and promoting healing. Get Band Aid Brand First Aid Products Tru-Absorb Sterile Gauze Sponges for cleaning and cushioning minor wounds, cuts and burns.
A fly repellent applied or sprayed on the wound lowers further infection or contamination risks considerably. Epsom salts from your grocery store or pharmacy are good for soaking diseased hooves and feet.
Farnam Endure Sweat-Resistant Horse Fly Spray is sweat-resistant with multiple active ingredients that stays active in hot, humid conditions for up to 14 days.
Aside from these medications, there are some supplies which you can buy from feed and equine stores and regular drug stores. Petroleum jellies are good for chafing, minor burns, and skin sores.
Glass String Equine Livestock Thermometer is an investment to add to your horse supplies. Expert riders advise to keep your thermometers clipped to the tail of your horse to avoid loss.
Scissors, tweezers, and forceps are tools you shouldn’t forget adding to your first aid kit. See Utopia Care Medical 5.5 Inch Stainless Steel Bandage Scissors
Keep a Hoof Pick Handy
Don’t forget a hoof pick! The Intrepid International Rubber Hoof Pick with Brush is the best all around. Keep it with you in case your horse steps on something and you need a pick. (Amazon says I last purchased this on July 2021, lol.)
Lastly, the horse first aid kit is just for providing your horse help in emergencies before the vet arrives. These are just for preventive measures, meaning they can’t cure your horse. It is still important to call a vet after applying first aid.