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        05-13-2013, 01:11 PM
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    I think a well stocked medical kit is a necessity for every horse owner...new or old timers. And I think it is a good thing to ask what others have in their supplies. It's not impossible to overlook something that would be good to have.

    It is rarely possible to get a vet out within 10 minutes of an incident so having the basic supplies on hand until the vet arrives is important. I suppose the thing to consider is if the vet should be called, and when in doubt, CALL THE VET. If you are a new owner, start out with having the vet check out the horse(s) and establish a relationship with the clinic. Ask the vet about having Banamine and Bute on hand along with whatever else is advised. New owners need to educate themselves on care and what simptoms should trigger an alarm.
    Really, every horse owner needs a good emergency kit on hand. We keep a kit in the trailer so we are never without.
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        05-13-2013, 08:57 PM
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    The reason I recommended Bute and Banamine is because our vet has ( based on description of symptoms- once he has been called..) suggested Banamine when a horse is colicking. I would not just recommend someone decide that is what they THINK is happening and to doctor it themselves. But if the vet is half and hour, or more away, having Banamine on hand can be a life saver.
    You could ask your vet what HE recommends....
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        05-14-2013, 11:22 PM
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    Foal
    All in all there's been a lot of really good advice here. I admit to having a rather large first aid kit. It's actually a 3 shelf cabinet these days. But, almost everything I have in my cabinet came from my vet, or from my vet's advice. I have a much, much smaller kit for the trailer, and for a smaller version for my cantle bag. I will simply add this to all of this wonderful advice: You should go talk with your vet about what to do, how to tell if, how do you use, when to use, how much to use.... there are a seeminly endless list of things that horses can get into, and things that can go wrong with horses, and the best thing you can do is to educate yourself! It's long, never ending, and mostly enjoyable process, that is very much a part of good horsemanship. You signed on to take care of your horse, and there's an awful lot to it! I've been at this a long time, and I am still learning new things all the time. Read all of these things, and them some. Get a couple different firstaid books. There are some great ones out there. Some great ones for your barn too! Heck, talk to your farrier and learn how to maintain a good trim! Your horse AND your farrier will love you for it! It's all a part of the ride.... enjoy every bit of it!!!
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        05-15-2013, 06:36 PM
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    Originally Posted by mfed58    
    All in all there's been a lot of really good advice here. I admit to having a rather large first aid kit. It's actually a 3 shelf cabinet these days. But, almost everything I have in my cabinet came from my vet, or from my vet's advice. I have a much, much smaller kit for the trailer, and for a smaller version for my cantle bag. I will simply add this to all of this wonderful advice: You should go talk with your vet about what to do, how to tell if, how do you use, when to use, how much to use.... there are a seeminly endless list of things that horses can get into, and things that can go wrong with horses, and the best thing you can do is to educate yourself! It's long, never ending, and mostly enjoyable process, that is very much a part of good horsemanship. You signed on to take care of your horse, and there's an awful lot to it! I've been at this a long time, and I am still learning new things all the time. Read all of these things, and them some. Get a couple different firstaid books. There are some great ones out there. Some great ones for your barn too! Heck, talk to your farrier and learn how to maintain a good trim! Your horse AND your farrier will love you for it! It's all a part of the ride.... enjoy every bit of it!!!
    Mine is a three self cabinet to! I bought a $12 plastic thing from Target - it even has wheels you can install. I only have this kit, which I keep in my trailer.
         
        05-16-2013, 02:13 AM
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    The new issue of Trail Rider magazine has an article about what first aid supplies one should have.

    Also, make sure medication is not out of date.
         
        05-16-2013, 02:15 AM
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    Originally Posted by Dustbunny    
    Also, make sure medication is not out of date.

    Great point!
         

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