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:
Tail Wrap - protect your horse's tail and keep it out of your way with a tail bag.
Twitch - keep your horse's attention while wounds are tended with a twitch.
- Electrolytes - help hydrate your hard-working horse with an electrolyte paste.
- Eye Cleanser - flush away dirt and debris from sensitive eyes with Eye Clens® or Clear Eyes.
- Fly Mask - protect face wounds and eyes from insects.
- Medicated Shampoo - kill bacteria and fungi on your horse's skin and coat with an iodine-based shampoo.
- Phenylbutazone - treat inflammation and manage muscle, joint, and bone pain with this non-
steroidal pain medicine, available by prescription in paste or powder form.
- Poultice - draw out infections, soothe sore muscles, and more with a poultice, such as Epsom Salt or Icetight.
FIRST AID TIPS
Accidents and injuries can turn even the calmest horse owner into a frazzled mess. But what your horse needs most when he suffers any injury or wound is for you to remain calm and focused on getting your horse the help he needs. Should you ever need to use your first aid kit, keep the following tips in mind:
- Stay Calm - you can better help your horse when you're calm and collected.
- Call for Help - an additional pair of hands will get more done faster.
- Stay Safe - you won't be able to help your horse if you get hurt trying to help him.
- Wash Your Hands - avoid contaminating any wound by first washing your hands and then wearing latex or rubber gloves.
When any injury occurs, the key is to act quickly and smartly. To best ensure your horse is on the road to recovery as fast as possible, know where your first aid kit is at all times. In fact, show anyone who has access to your barn, travel trailer, or vehicle where your first aid kit is located. Better yet, mark your first aid kit with a cross fashioned out of red tape or a bright red permanent marker - signaling its contents to everyone
We also recommend keeping a waterproof container or mailbox around the property in case of any emergencies that may occur out in the field away from the barn.