I'm grateful for my record book -- it allows me to go back almost a year on Bammy Boy's care, wellness, and even training. So if he "suddenly turns up lame," I would be able to go back and see if the area of lameness could actually be caused by an old injury. All of the records are in-depth.
My book is both digital and traditional -- I have a file, but also his very own folder on my desktop. Each book includes:
The first page is basic information -- the horse's name, breed, age, color/markings. Followed by my information and at the bottom, highlighted & made "important" with colored text -- Emergency vet/farrier contacts (both my main ones and my "back-ups"), as well as my "approved handler" in the case of where I can't get there (such as if I'm out of town at a show).
- Injuries- If it gets treated, it goes into the book. Twice Bamber had done something (we still don't know what) that scuffled up his hind leg. The first time was just minor scrapes. The second time there was a lot of swelling.
- Veterinary Care- Emergency visit? Teeth float? Shots? General exam? If the vet was with him, it's there, too. It also covers "follow-up" care -- such as if he gets a medication; what it is, how often he gets it (and how to administer it), and how long it should be used.
- Farrier Care- Helps me keep track of when and what was done.
- Coggins Testing - Yup, has its very own section with a copy of the test paper.
- Bathing - Stud muffins need regular baths........ Right?
- Training- What I did, how he did, what I think needs changed/tinkered to work for him. What bit he had, which saddle he was in, how he reacted to different stimuli.
- De-Worming- I also put down what it was (ivermectin, pyrantel pamoate, etc.).