As with any animal, medical emergencies can arise and this demands immediate care. There is a whole gambit of products on the market that a horse owner could buy, but it is impossible to foresee the type of emergencies that may arise. Overstocking on emergency horse care products can be a waste of money. Some of them may have expiry dates and their shelf life is limited.
The horse owner should be aware of what makes up a good selection of emergency horse care products then determine at least what the essentials are from this, and make sure they are purchased.
The Basic First Aid Kit
There are different types of horse first aid kits on the market. Some are more elaborate than others. If it is just one or two horses that may require the use of this kit, then most likely the basic version will be enough. However, for a stable that houses several horses, a larger and more elaborate kit may be required. Or, at least a few of the basic ones.
Some of the basic items that can be found in a horse first aid kit are:
Selection of bandages: Using bandages on a horse has to be done with caution but at times it is needed until the horse can be seen by a vet. There are different types of bandages such as self-sticking types, wraps and pressure bandages.
Antiseptic: Some type of cleaning agent is needed if it is a wound that needs tending to. There may also be a need for a soaking agent like salts. After the wound has been cleaned, an OTC antibiotic may need to be applied. Keeping the wound moist may be another requirement – a zinc oxide can help with this.
Thermometer: It isn’t always an injury that creates an emergency in a horse. It can be some kind of illness. The vet is usually called in this case but this professional will want to know if the horse is running a temperature to help him determine how severe this emergency may be. The horse owner who has a thermometer on hand can provide this information.
These are just a few of the basic items but the basic emergency kit for horses is an important item.