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post #1 of 16 Old 05-08-2013, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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First Aid kit from scratch

Hi everyone,

I'm starting to buy my supplies and things I need for my horse. I wanted to know some of the essentials for the first aid kit.

What should absolutely be included?
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-08-2013, 02:44 PM
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Horse Aid First Aid Kit -
I'm just going to send you here to get this! It's very inexpensive and worth it in the long run! Also, buy some colic medicine as well in case you're away and a vet wouldn't make it in time.
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post #3 of 16 Old 05-12-2013, 12:58 PM
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I could not get the link (above ) to open... But for starters, I would get some Bute and Banamine. The latter is the colic meds mentioned. I would also get vet wrap ( to hold any bandages on a leg or foot...) Some meds for cuts is good as well. But I think for the most part, if you are within driving distance of a store like TSC, (or order from ) most other stuff you could get on an as=needed basis. No need to have stuff for thrush till your horse gets it ( or doesnt..) Same with stuff for rain rot etc. I would have stuff for pain for them, and for colic...
What else do people suggest?
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post #4 of 16 Old 05-12-2013, 01:34 PM
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Scissors, thermometer, betadine scrub, sanitary pads (vetwrap and a pad make a good temp bandage for a leg cut. I carry a small roll of wrap and a small pad in my wee fanny pack when we trail ride). Bute, Banamine and a basic first-aid kit already mentioned.
Also, write on a card what normal vitals are and tape it inside the kit along with the vet's phone number.
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I would concentrate on the things you may need to use all the time. Antibacterial soap, (generic) neosporin, gauze pads/cotton balls from WalMart. Betadine or chlorhexidine, SWAT, and vet wrap online or from a feed store.
Just those supplies will cover 99% of the doctoring you need to do.
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Ichthamol is a good drawing salve, and sometimes it's hard to find. I'd also recommend duct tape (for bandaging hooves).

A horse first aid book.

A stethoscope to listen for gut sounds.

35 CC syringe to use with chlorhexadine or betadine solution for flushing wounds.

Various sizes of gauze pads and gauze rolls, along with Elastikon (brown gauze roll that stabilizes a bandage), cotton roll for bandaging legs with your vetwrap.
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post #7 of 16 Old 05-12-2013, 03:50 PM
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The phone # of someone who can advise you on how to take care of minor wounds and a vet's # for the big stuff.

It is poor advice for a beginning horse owner to think they have the ability to know if and when a horse is colicing and how and when to administer any controlled medication. Same goes for pain meds.
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I know plenty of beginners who accurately described and identified colic to me as well as newbies bandaging a minor wound just as well as I ever could have. There's no reason to discredit the OP for trying to be prepared. Also no reason to be condescending, you were new to horses once too.

An equine first aid book is a great thing to have as well as triple antibacterial ointment/neosporin, vet wrap, gauze wrap, non stick pads, thermometer, stethoscope, petroleum jelly, wonder dust, liniment, and epsom salt. I keep diapers in mine for hoof injuries and bandage scissors as well. Make two kits, one for the barn and one for the trailer so you've got something on hand if anything happens when you're not at the barn.
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Here is my list of stuff I have in my kit
-saline solution (used to clean wounds- I have spray bottle and normal)
-triple antibiotic ointment
-antiseptic/antimicrobial scrub
-petroleum jelly (lubricate thermometer)
-rubbing alcohol (handy to have them in wipes to clean thermometer as well)
-padding and wraps to bandage two legs per horse
-bandaging tapes or pins
-4" sterile anti-stick wound dressings, at least four
-2" wide roll of gauze
-1lb roll of 12" practical ABSORBENT cotton
-2 flexible cohesive bandages
-bandage scissors
-duct tape
-horsie eye drops
-syringe for cleaning wounds
-gauze sponges
-2" non adhesive tape
-epsom salts
-instant cold pack
-emergency numbers and vital signs
-anti chap wound ointment (old wounds)
And.. guiltily I only recently put all this together in a tub recently- yikes 4 years of horse owning! I had most of this stuff. Just sitting on selves and in tubs in my barn all over the place.

Also- do NOT use cotton balls for cleaning horse wounds! They will leave fibers behind. Gauze and saline solution or antibacterial scrub (water works but not ideal) are good for cleaning wounds.
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Originally Posted by BlooBabe View Post
I know plenty of beginners who accurately described and identified colic to me as well as newbies bandaging a minor wound just as well as I ever could have. There's no reason to discredit the OP for trying to be prepared. Also no reason to be condescending, you were new to horses once too.
The last thing I am being is condescending. I am telling the OP that a new horse owner is not going to have the skills to deal with an emergency situation and needs to have people around that can assist in making the correct call and deal with it in a timely manner. No vet is going to provide a new client controlled drugs just in case. I don't know this person but if the OP is having to ask what to put in a vet kit, my guess is they probably don't have any business dealing with such a situation. Being prepared is one thing but taking that next step can be foolish. Just because they saw a uTube video online does not make them competent to deal with it. Every horse is going to be different.

I owned horses for 20+ years when I had my first colic and the vet was called. I knew what I was dealing with but it was still a situation where I needed assistance from the vet.

We have to be careful with what advise we give out over these types of forums. You don't know what the other person reading your posts know, what they are capable of, what resources they have available, how old are they... If I see something that could be harmful or detrimental to a good outcome, I'm going to say something.
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