Do you know what to do in an emergency? It sounds like such a simple question. Why, yes I know what to do in an emergency. But do you really? Now I am not talking human emergencies. Although it is generally a good idea to have an idea of what to do when things go wrong in the human element. Cowboy and I were tested this week when a routine check of the horses revealed that one of them had gotten into some trouble. After everything was said and done I realized, I know what to do for a human but how do I help my animals when they get hurt. Are we equipped? Do we have a proper first aid kit? Well I will admit we were not prepared and basically after my husband called me about the injury I froze up not knowing exactly what to do. Could we have made due with what we had, sure we could. It would have been better to be prepared.
Equine First Aid kit is on my list of things to prepare before we make our move. Once we move our vet of choice is 3 hours away and the local vets could be just as far.
What will be in this first aid kit you ask, Here is a list
- Bandages- Your local pharmacy/walmart has rolls of cotton gauze get a few rolls in each size
- Vet Wrap-
- Blunt-Tipped Scissors
- Buckets- Make sure that you have at least one bucket that is not used for anything except first aid. This will allow you to be able to have clean water to clean wounds.
- Hemostat-also known as tweezers
- Hoof Pick
- Ice Packs- Pick up some disposable packs (pick up at Costco- there were 20 in the big box that I got)
- Gloves- ALWAYS have sterile gloves in your kit!
- Wire Cutters
- Wound Antiseptic
- Wound Cleaner
- Eye Cleanser
- Hoof Boot
- Extra Halter and rope
- Hand Sanitizer
Also in your kit have the numbers to your vet and farrier written down. Especially important because the one time you forget your cell at home your horse could get hurt and you need to borrow a neighbors phone to call for help. (See below for Horse Info Card)
FIRST AND FORMOST STAY CALM!
Some of the first things you need to look for and recognize.
Is the horse standing or is he/she down
How long has the horse been down?
Can you find the pulse?
Is the horse breathing? Is he breathing too fast or slow.
Is the horse actively bleeding. If yes stop the bleeding. Apply direct pressure.
Is the horse showing signs of shock?
What else do you notice about your horse?
Obviously you will need to look at each situation differently, and determine what you need to do. Check with your local horse communties and find out if there are any local equine first aid courses. Take one and learn the information, you never know what is going to happen.
I print our horse informaiton cards onto Index cards and keep them in the tack room, and keep a copy in out trailer. You never know when you will need them!
BASIC HORSE INFORMATION CARD
Breed___________________ AGE_________________ Color_____________
Veterinarian’s Name________________________________ Phone Number _________________
Farrier’s Name _____________________________________ Phone Number ________________
Last Vaccinations Date: ________________
Additional Information ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
I will let you all know in the next post about Oskar’s injury and his recovery.