Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
The things I use most often (and would recommend you get) would be:
-loose gauze wrap (sterile)
-gauze pads (sterile for dressing wounds, non sterile for cleaning up the wound)
-some kind of antiseptic or triple antibiotic....i use corona ointment. be careful NOT to use corona under wraps, it makes wounds get all ***** and yucky.
-if you get vet wrap, make sure you have bandage scissors handy
-soap and water to clean your hands, and the wound.
-i also personally use latex gloves, because the corona makes my hands feel waxy (from the lanolin)
The things you SHOULD have on hand, regardless of whether you use it or not:
-Bute. given properly and in the correct dosage, this can be a fix for minor colic episodes, and can also be given (with vet permission) in the interim of an emergency between calling the vet and the vet actually arriving.
-Weight tape. you should always know your horses weight so you can give the proper dosages of wormer, antibiotics, and even supplements. It is also useful for the vet when administering IV or IM drugs, or tranquilizer.
-A thermometer. You should also know, on any given day, what your horses temperature should be, give or take a few degrees. Its helpful to know when your horse is running a fever, or if he's just naturally hot.
-Also take not of your horses pulse rate, and standing respiration rate. Write them down somewhere and stick them in your vet kit as reference.