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Here is an article from an archived issue of The Horse. It is from 2000, however, it is still very relevent... see where I have highlighted what has been known for many years now in the article from 2000. It also includes several new items to add to your list as well as some of the standbys that are already included. Superb idea whosever it was!
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Your Barn's First Aid Kit by Karen Briggs 7/1/00
If you're a new horse owner, there's a simple truth that you're likely in the process of discovering: a horse is an accident looking for a place to happen. Cats might have nine lives, and dogs a nose for getting into trouble, but horses are in a class all their own when it comes to needing nursing. It seems they're always coming in from the field with a knee the size of a cantaloupe after a well-placed kick from a pasture mate; or tearing their hides open on a protruding nail you swear wasn't there yesterday; or getting their corneas scratched in an altercation with a thorn bush. If you haven't memorized your veterinarian's phone number by now, trust me, you will.

If you want to look on the positive side of the equine propensity for injury, just think how it's sharpening your emergency first aid skills. A couple of years of horse ownership makes most of us very experienced at wrapping legs, hosing wounds, and giving injections (even if the very sight of a needle and syringe used to make you faint dead away!). Along the way, we tend to acquire cabinets full of antibiotic lotions and potions, rolls of bandages in every conceivable length, size, and stretchiness, and various other bottles and daubers and jars of "stuff" for treating minor crises. Yet with all the clutter, when we do need something specific for an emergency, we often can't find it!

Some Handy Extras

Here are a few items that might not fit in your first aid kit's container, but which are helpful to have around:

A twitch -- to divert your horse's attention while you doctor his injuries.

A clean fly mask, to protect an injured eye.

An Easyboot or poultice boot, to keep a hoof or coronet injury clean.

A couple of clean buckets designated only for first aid use.

Hoof testers, which can help you diagnose a foot-related lameness.

Material for a splint -- PVC pipe, one to two feet long, split lengthwise, can be used on top of a leg wrap to support a leg that has suffered a fracture or severe tendon strain until your veterinarian arrives. (Ask your veterinarian for advice on how to safely apply a splint before the emergency occurs.)

A spider bandage, useful for wrapping awkward areas like knees or hocks -- it consists of a large rectangle of cotton material, torn along two edges to form 20 or more little "tails." The tails are knotted or braided together to provide a bandage with some flexibility over the joint. (Spider bandages also take some skill to apply; practice on a healthy horse first.)

A snake bite kit, if you live in an area where snakes are a problem.

A wound cream with fly repellent properties, such as Swat.

A tube of diaper rash cream, such as Desitin, to protect heels from the moisture that can cause dew poisoning (a.k.a. scratches).

A tail wrap.

"Second skin" collagen bandages -- these are expensive, but get rave reviews from horse owners who've used them to protect minor wounds.

Bute, or phenylbutazone, a mild non-steroidal pain medication that comes in pill, powder, or paste form.

A pocket first aid guide, such as Dr. Kellon's Guide To First Aid for Horses, by Eleanor Kellon, DVM.

If you're comfortable with the technique of giving intra-muscular injections, it's useful to keep a couple of injectable medications on hand as well. These drugs should be administered only in consultation with your veterinarian; never try to self-diagnose. (Check with your veterinarian about their storage requirements, too -- some medications need to be refrigerated.)

That said, two injectables that are extremely useful to have around are Banamine (flunixin megalumine), which can be used to ease the discomfort of colic, and Acepromazine, a tranquilizer that can make an injured horse easier to work with. (Acepromazine suspension, incidentally, can be administered orally; ask your vet for dosage instructions.) You might want to keep on hand a bottle of long-acting injectable penicillin, which is useful for combating minor infections. Again, don't self-diagnose your horse; seek your veterinarian's advice before giving any medications.

If you have injectables on your farm, you'll also need sterile needles and syringes, which you can get from your veterinarian, feed store, or pharmacy. Make sure you know appropriate dosages for these medications, what gauge needle you should use, and under no circumstances re-use syringes or needles.

One for the Barn, Two for the Road

Having all of these handy first aid materials available at the barn is fine and dandy, but they'll do you no good if you find yourself with an injured horse at a horse show or out on the trail. So consider assembling a second first aid kit that will stay in your truck or horse trailer, and a mini-kit to take with you when you're going on a long ride. The latter can contain just the basics, for both horses and humans -- Band-Aids, gauze, a Vetrap bandage, sunblock, a hoofpick, acetaminophen, a small pair of scissors -- and either a cell phone, or at least some quarters for the nearest phone booth should you need to summon help.

You can assemble such a kit in a fanny pack or a small bag that can hang from your saddle dees (if you ride English) or the horn (if you ride Western).

Any first aid kit should include a sturdy card with emergency phone numbers -- your veterinarian, your farrier, the closest veterinary and human hospital, a horse rescue or ambulance service (if there is one in your area), the fire department, and the police. It's important to have an inventory, as well, that you can tape to the inside lid of your kit. Type a list of every ingredient in the kit, so you'll be able to see at a glance if it contains what you need. When you use up an item, cross it off the list -- then be sure to replace it! Otherwise, over time, you'll end up with a mostly empty container that will do you no good at all in a crisis. (Remember, too, that many drugs have expiration dates. Write those dates on your inventory checklist to make sure you're not keeping vials of useless medications.)

A final caution: even the best-equipped first aid kit is intended only to help you deal with minor injuries and health problems. You should not expect it to cover major medical crises. Any situation you can't quickly and confidently treat, consult your veterinarian immediately.

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Stocking Your First Aid Kit

A barn’s first aid kit, with all the essentials in one place, is a great idea for any horse owner. Stored in a conspicuous spot, it’s at your fingertips the moment you discover the latest equine injury. You can buy a prepackaged first aid kit designed for horses (see the web site addresses at the end of the article for some companies that offer these kits), or you can assemble one yourself for relatively little money and a lot of peace of mind. Store your kit in an airtight, waterproof container to keep the materials sterile and ready to use—a large fishing tackle box or sewing box, with lots of little compartments, are options, or you could use a tight-sealing plastic kitchen container (the transparent kind will let you see at a glance whether it contains what you need). Get some bright red tape and mark the lid with a cross that will let even a stranger in your barn know its contents, then stock it with:

A rectal veterinary thermometer—the plastic digital kind is safer around the barn than a glass one, and gives faster readings.
A pair of safety scissors (with rounded ends so you don’t accidentally cut into your horse if you’re snipping off a bandage).
Another pair of small, sharp scissors, for suture removal.
A stethoscope (inexpensive ones can be purchased through medical supply stores or pharmacies for less than $30).
Self-sticking bandages such as Vetrap.
Gauze squares at least three inches by three inches (where horses are concerned, larger is better!).
Vaseline or another type of lubricating jelly (for the thermometer and for protecting the tender skin of your horse’s heels from chapping if you have to cold-hose a leg injury for several days).
Medical adhesive tape.
Gauze bandage such as Kling.
Some type of cold pack, for days when cold hosing a new injury just isn’t possible—chemical packs that create "instant cold" are available, although in a pinch you can use a bag of frozen peas from your freezer.
Stable bandages and quilts.
An antiseptic wound cream (yellow furacin ointment is a popular choice) and a spray-on wound treatment such as furazolidone or Topagen.
Hydrogen peroxide—its bubbling action is useful for cleaning dirt out of fresh wounds and for dealing with thrush (a fungal infection of the hooves), but don’t use it routinely on a healing wound as it will inhibit the healing process.
An antiseptic scrub such as Betadine (povidone-iodine, or "tamed" iodine) or Nolvasan (chlorhexidine).
Latex gloves.
A flashlight to help you see wounds in a gloomy stall at midnight.
A bottle of saline solution—useful for cleaning out wounds in delicate places like around the eyes. A bottle of contact lens saline solution with a squirt nozzle is perfect.
A roll of sterile cotton.
Pre-moistened alcohol swabs (you can find these at your pharmacy, individually wrapped)—good for cleaning small wounds or creating a cleaner site for injections.
A bottle of rubbing alcohol, for sterilizing instruments.
Forceps or tweezers, for removing splinters, ticks, or other nasties.
Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate)—mix with warm water to soak an abscessed foot.
Iodine shampoo—good for various skin conditions, as directed by your vet.
A quick-to-apply poultice such as Animalintex (which can be used hot or cold).
Thick sanitary napkins (the obstetrical pads you can get at a hospital or pharmacy are good) or disposable diapers, for applying direct pressure to a bleeding wound.
A hoof pick—you can never have too many.
A farrier’s rasp and nippers, for removing a shoe if you need to (ask your farrier if he has cast-off ones he can donate to your cause).
A hoof knife.
Duct tape—useful in any emergency, and especially good for hoof wraps, as it’s water-resistant, moldable, and fairly durable.
Along with all of these items for treating your horse, it’s also an excellent idea to keep a first aid kit designed for humans in your barn. These are readily available in pharmacies, or you can assemble your own. Some of the items in your equine first aid kit, such as tweezers, medical tape, and gauze, can do double duty, but you should have some antibiotic cream, sunblock, Band-Aids, and aspirin or acetaminophen for minor aches and pains—plus any allergy medication that your barn residents might require.
 

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WOW!!
Thsi is a good thread!!
I have a HUGE first aid kit, i cant even begin to list what is in it, but almost all of the things in the previous list.
My horse first aid kit is bigger than my human one at home!! And growing all the time!!
I went to the local riding club on the weekend and a horse hurt itself and i was the ONLY person there with a kit! Lucky horse!!
 

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Great thread. My first vet kit was sooooo small. I bought a little plastic case to keep the items in. It had a thermometer, alcohol, antibiotic ointment, vet wrap and that's about it. Now I have stuff stacked everywhere in the tack room, plus I bought an extra bucket and filled it when I was getting ready for our foal to be born. I need to get better organized with all the stuff because it's here and there and everywhere!! So probably a good sized container (that closes to keep dust out) to keep it all in would be a good idea!
 

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Xanadu said:
Great thread. My first vet kit was sooooo small. I bought a little plastic case to keep the items in. It had a thermometer, alcohol, antibiotic ointment, vet wrap and that's about it. Now I have stuff stacked everywhere in the tack room, plus I bought an extra bucket and filled it when I was getting ready for our foal to be born. I need to get better organized with all the stuff because it's here and there and everywhere!! So probably a good sized container (that closes to keep dust out) to keep it all in would be a good idea!
We're gonna need a storage cabinet!!! :shock:
 

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I don't know about ya'll, but my vet's office number and cell phone number are both are speed dial on my cell phone. But I do have some accident-prone horses!
 

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This is a great list, thank you!
 

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whinruss said:
I don't know about ya'll, but my vet's office number and cell phone number are both are speed dial on my cell phone. But I do have some accident-prone horses!
Me too! When I had a hypp horse I programed it in and have used it many times. I also have his home #
 

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WOW. Thats alot of stuff I don't have, that would probobly be useful...All I have is Betadine and Furazone.....just to keep minor wounds clean. I need to go shop for a vet kit!!
 

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I have a horse that is prone to chronic abcesses. A David Medicine Boot (a rubber hoof boot) has been a total life saver by keeping my gelding's doctored and wrapped hoof from getting soaked in mud. It's also just another great line of defense against dirt getting into a wounded hoof.
 

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Brain storming is very effective. Nice list to reproduce for 4-H kids. Thanks

I use Hydrogen peroxide to clean a wound, but like to use my own homemade sauve (crisco as stabilizer, olive oil, vit E and Tea Tree oil ( one of the most essentials to have on the property--anitbiotic[/b], antifungal, antiseptic) to keep it clean and the flesh soft. Natural products are great.
 

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Great post and list of items to put in a vet kit. Walmart has many of the items needed. I was able to buy a rubber-maid trunk that is lockable for about $10.00 to store all the items in.

This gives me great peace of mind that I am better prepared.

Thanks again!
 

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Could someone give me the list with a list of the uses of ALL those medications? Some of them I have NO idea the use.
 

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Vet Kit

Great thread. I have everything on this list in my kit and I'm anal about it being organized and inventoried often. I keep mine in a smaller/medium sized rubbermaid tote that sits on top of my tack trunk so all I have to do is grab and go.

My only additions to this is poltice and a paint scraper. Sometimes poltice is difficult to gather and smear where you need it so I use a paint scraper, I scoop the poltice and smear it with the scraper on to the soul of the hoof. Then it's ready to wrap!
 

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i have had butalone (bute) handy for a while as my pony (named amber whom some off you might know about from my previous posts) foundered badly 2 years ago. we kept the container which, in fact, came in very handy THIS year as she has shown signs of foundering again....we give her 1/2 a teaspoon daily mixed in with a small bowl of hard feed

this list is quite a good idea.....i have found that i don't have much of a vet kit handy....

4 polo wraps, a spray bottle of iodine, towels, cotton balls, gel burn dressing (no idea why its there but it is), butalone, a spare hoof pick and some assorted things from when another horse i used to own, a thoroughbred named sara, ripped half her hoof off.

but thats it...i might start collecting some of the things on this list...they'll come in handy!

i also have the vet on speed dial and the farrier too..i never know when i might need them!

***another for the list***

snap cool ice packs....availiable from tack shops (like horseland...australian only)

^ ^ ^ instacool is one of the brands

they are great because they dont require freezing....all you have to do is snap them and you get instant cold....only thing tho...its only for one use so they need to be replaced when they are used

not sure if this is on the list....prob is but here it is anyways....

towels
 

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Hydrogen peroxide should not be on the list. It is harmful to tissues and really doesn't do much in the way of killing bacfteria in a wound.

"Hydrogen peroxide is not recommended for cleaning wounds. For some reason (probably it's foaming action), hydrogen peroxide has an undeserved reputation as being a good agent for cleaning wounds. Hydrogen peroxide is very toxic to tissues and is not very effective against most bacteria. There are many other, far superior, products on the market."--American College of Veterinary Surgeon's General Wound Care for Horse Onwers website
http://www.acvs.org/AnimalOwners/HealthConditions/LargeAnimalEquineTopics/GeneralWoundManagement/
 

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Ryle said:
Hydrogen peroxide should not be on the list. It is harmful to tissues and really doesn't do much in the way of killing bacfteria in a wound.

"Hydrogen peroxide is not recommended for cleaning wounds. For some reason (probably it's foaming action), hydrogen peroxide has an undeserved reputation as being a good agent for cleaning wounds. Hydrogen peroxide is very toxic to tissues and is not very effective against most bacteria. There are many other, far superior, products on the market."--American College of Veterinary Surgeon's General Wound Care for Horse Onwers website
http://www.acvs.org/AnimalOwners/HealthConditions/LargeAnimalEquineTopics/GeneralWoundManagement/
Would that also be true for humans?
 
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