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    02-13-2010, 11:34 PM
BASIC first aid supplies

Hi yall I know there is a thread about first aid already but I am just looking for the basic,everyday things. So what are the basics? Which stuff do you use the most? And what brand of poultice should I buy?
Thank you
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    02-13-2010, 11:49 PM
Originally Posted by Tasia    
Hi yall I know there is a thread about first aid already but I am just looking for the basic,everyday things. So what are the basics? Which stuff do you use the most? And what brand of poultice should I buy?
Thank you
What I tell people, is to get the same supplies you would get for people just in larger quantities. There are lots of more specific supplies that you can such as vet wraps and certain ointments.

Here is what I had in mine:
Epsom Salts(you can get anywhere even walmart)
Gauze(both sterile and non-sterile)
Baby diapers
Tensor bandage
Z.O. Cream (or other antiseptic cream)
Women's sanitary napkins(EXCCELLENT for wounds)
Hospital trauma shears
Clean stable bandages
Duct tape
LOTS of saline

There are all sorts of things you can use just make sure you know how and when to use them.
    02-14-2010, 12:02 AM
The things I use most often (and would recommend you get) would be:

-vet wrap
-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.
    02-14-2010, 10:46 AM
Watch with a second hand or stop watch
List of normals for vital signs and your vet's phone number
Betadine solution for cleaning wounds and treating skin issues
Triple antibiotic ointment for the vast majority of wounds
Gauze pads
Sheet cotton
Roll gauze
Vet wrap
Epsom salts
Bute paste
Sterile eye wash like contact wearers would use--you can use this to flush out an eye or mix up a flush solution for wounds

These items will handle the vast majority of issues that you should try to handle without veterinary help.

Be sure and learn how to take your horse's respiration rate, pulse and temperature as these are all very important clues to how serious any situation is.
    02-14-2010, 02:55 PM
There are some great lists on here. I think it is also important to remember that creativity is your best friend in terms of bandaging and caring for a horse in an emergency or caring for cuts and skin problems. The more you understand the basic principles of why different bandaging techniques are used, and when NOT to bandage, etc. the better you'll be at that. I know a lot of equine clubs and vet clinics hold equine first aid clinics from time to time, I highly recommend attending these. Being calmly prepared when you have to deal with injuries and illness is the best tool you can have in your kit!
    02-14-2010, 08:05 PM
Thanks everbody! I will look for his stuff next week. I have a really good medical book and I have been reading and practicing some ways to bandage.

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