All good items in your Vet kits. Alot of people are not prepared to treat common horses problems,...that's why I have such a large bag. I use a big mouth tool bag with all items in zip lock bags to keep dirt off. Additionally, I keep a Pelican LED light headlamp as I am always working on horses in the dark; a Stainless steel bolus gun to shoot sterile water under pressure to clean or rinse a wound; I keep a few of the absorbent ends of women's tampons as they fit easily into horizontal lacerations that occur from the heavy cactus I ride through; and, alcohol in a sterlized eye wash bottle rather than using alcohol prep pads so I can really clean an injection site prior to giving one.
I also keep a tube of opthalmalic ointment (anti-biotic ointment for the eye). I keep banamine, syringes and needles on hand as well. Zinc Oxide ointment is handy as well - I smear some on the light skinned muzzles of light colored horses when they out in the Sun. I keep a small bottle of half Campho Phenique, half Mineral Oil to treat ear mites and ticks. My Horse Vet Kit also has an Easy Boot and a zip lock bag of Epson Salts in case I have to draw something out of a foot. Pro-Biotic Paste is something else I seem to use from time to time. Safe Journey.
I board my horses at a horse boarding stable, do you think I should make one? Or, do you think that the (dressage)stable I am at will have one. It is an international level stable with some horses over $250 000 so i'm pretty sure they will have lots of medical stuff. The only downside is they might charge me through the nose if I need to use it...what do you think?
Just a note for the hydrogen peroxide users out there.........DON"T USE IT ON WOUNDS!!!!!! It acts by lysing (destroying) cells, both good and bad. You will inhibit and slow the healing process and create more inflammation using hydrogen peroxide directly on wounds. The only thing in my opinion I would use it for is to remove blood off the coat as it is great for that, but not on a wound. If you need to clean a wound, a very dilute betadine solution (weak tea color), or a very dilute (very light blue) chlorhexadine solution. Recent studies have shown that the levels of medication required to kill bacteria and cells involved in the healing process are very similar.
Also, a few things people may not think about in their first aid kits that can really help......garbage bags, towels, and a foam knee pad/board. You can use the towels as a compression wrap if needed, or in conjunction with garbage bags to place on the ground and keep mud, dirt, and debris from creating any issues. Garbage bags are a must for clean-up post emergency, and a foam knee pad will save your knees when working on concrete or gravel. Just my 2-cents
I haven't read this whole thread, but we ALWAYS have maxi pads in our vet kits. If a horse cuts themselves, maxi pads are extremely absorbent, easy to use (far easier to get on a horse then a diaper) and easy to stack on top of each other for big bleeds.
People who don't know about this trick and see maxi pads in our barn gives us weird looks lol