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post #11 of 17 Old 01-17-2018, 10:08 AM
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I have most of what others have stated - and it's sort of funny, but my horse first-aid kit is usually better stocked than my people kit. I don't know how many times I've used the horse's kit to patch myself up!
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post #12 of 17 Old 01-18-2018, 11:04 AM
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just a note, far as Banamine and colic, which I think, needs to be empathized.
Yes, I should clarify in my post that the banamine is only going to be given per the vet's instructions.
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I have most of what others have stated - and it's sort of funny, but my horse first-aid kit is usually better stocked than my people kit. I don't know how many times I've used the horse's kit to patch myself up!
Yes, I have gone out to the barn and fetched some first aid stuff from my horse supplies, but have also done the reverse in an emergency= like used human eye drop antibiotics on a horse

I even took a horse to a Hospital emerg department once.

Kinda a funny story. Way back when, all we had were covered stock racks to haul a horse. We loaded a mare, going for breeding, quite a distance away, in the dark. Of course, we had to dot hat by backing against a dirt pile, and on the way in, she had caught a back leg somewhere.

I did not think it was serious, so we set off. When we stopped in Red Deer for coffee,I noticed the wound was bleeding quite a bit, and no, I did not have any emergency supplies with me. Learned a lesson for the future! Of course, easy to keep stuff in a tack compartment of a horse trailer.

Anyway, it was early in the morning with no vet clinics open, thus I told hubby to drive tot he Red Deer hospital. I walked into emerg, and asked, as a professional courtesy, if they would give me some dis disinfectant and bandaging material for an injured friend out in the parking lot.

I was asked as to why I did not just bring the patient in. When I told them it was a horse, they rolled eyes, gave me the supplies and told me to just go!
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-18-2018, 11:27 PM
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One thing I really like to have is a bottle of spray saline/wound wash. It can really help you see how deep a wound is or if some little piece of matter is skin or dirt, etc. Since it's colorless it is better than betadine for visualizing. It's less forceful and easier to get close to the wound than a hose.
I keep several cans/bottles of this. Also the feminine pads. Baking powder. Scissors in two or three different sizes, peroxide, clean cotton rags - usually old dish towels. Pliers. Clean plastic bucket. Horse/cow sized sterile syringes (we've not needed those yet except to drain a cyst on my own wrist. That's also what the Crown and Coke are for in the beer fridge in the tack room).

We've been fortunate so far. Most of our horse 'wounds' are either from abscesses caused by thorns in the necks, barbed wire (we have cattle as well, so horse wire fences are not an option. Cows will just go right through the strands) or something getting jabbed into a hoof - that's when the pliers come out.

Sarge came to us covered in a lot of thick, old scabs from bites and kicks, so I added coconut oil and vitamin e oil to the tack room. The coconut oil has an anti-bacterial property to it, and its great for healing skin (same with the vitamin e oil).

Also Triple Antibiotic ointment, but I haven't really noticed it helping heal wounds any faster and if I'm understanding how horse wounds heal, debridement of larger wounds (gently washing the wound with clean, lukewarm water until its clean and bleeds freely) is far more helpful.
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post #15 of 17 Old 01-19-2018, 01:40 AM
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This list looks interesting

This site has a good list with lots of pictures and reasons for selecting each item in the first aid kit

https://horsetoolbox.com/best-horse-first-aid-kit/

Their post on Worming strategies looks quite good too
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post #16 of 17 Old 01-19-2018, 01:43 AM
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Toddler sized diapers are nice to have, too. Not the fancy shaped ones, but the ones that can be pulled into a big square. They're non-stick, and the taped ends come in handy. They also work well as shipping boots!

Years ago, one of our horses got a chain wrapped around her gaskin and really tore it up. The vet gave me a gallon tub of betadine paste and told me to wash it out daily with clean, cool water, then lathered in the betadine and bandaged to keep the flies out of it. Yeah. How do you wrap a horse's leg from the hock to the stifle? Diapers. And stat-wrap. Lots of stat wrap!
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post #17 of 17 Old 01-19-2018, 07:48 PM
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I forgot until today, when B, the young lady that helps me out with our horses called me in a panic with an injured horse of her own... Draw it Out.

I was given one of these by someone to see if its a product we want to sell through the tack shop. I sent it with B this evening - told her to use what she needed and bring back what she didn't use. It comes in much smaller sizes, which are less expensive.

https://www.amazon.com/128oz-Draw-It...ds=Draw+it+out

Did I mention Vetricyn? If not, get some. Its good stuff.

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