The mark of a real horse owner is in one’s preparedness! Other than the necessary health care regime it is essential to think about medical emergencies that might arise, anytime. And to address this, horse owners need to create a stable gear that comprises of a well-equipped equine emergency kit. Experts suggest that this small kit should be with the horse owners when they go on rides and also for any daily urgency that might arise.
Whether your horse runs on the top horse race tracks or is a private pet, an equine emergency kit is always of good help. Are you wondering how to go about it? If yes, you can refer to the following tips:
- Add all the emergency items in a sturdy box with a robust handle and fitting clasp. You can use the fishing tackle box as well if you have a spare one. Add in the necessary drugs and ointments and also make a note of their expiry date.
- You can put in gauze squares, gauze wraps along with the cotton sheet leg wraps.
- Add in small towels or napkins that will help in managing wounds and also some emergency cleanups.
- You can add flannel wraps for covering the knee as well as the vet wraps that you can use for bandaging. Also add in a splint material, for instance, a PVC pipe.
- Keep cold packs that you can use for any sudden injuries along with duct tape that will keep it all in place.
- Add in a horse cooler/blanket that will assist the animals when in shock.
- Include items like tweezers, forceps, and a flashlight that will enable you to move away from objects from any sudden horse wounds. You can also think of adding wire cutters. It will be of help when a horse might get entangled in a fence.
- Get scissors with both blunt and sharp ends. Include a thermometer as well as a stethoscope. Also, ask your vet before you go on to add this.
- Couple of other things that you can add in the box includes insect repellents, prescribed lotions, and ointments for dressing any hoof wounds, Epsom salt for relieving any hoof pain, syringes, wet cotton wool for using alcohol to disinfect a wound, electrolytes, shoe puller, hoof pick and many more.
- Add in a small note of all the things that you have added to the equine emergency box. That way, you can keep track of all the items in the box and know if there’s a shortage of anything and arrange for the same.
The items that you add in the box will all be based on your requirements and preferences. For instance, if you don’t like chemical mosquito repellents, you can always opt-in for the organic ones that are available in the market. However, it is essential to analyze the items that you would want to add into the emergency kit. For help, you can also take guidelines from your vet and also ask other horse owners who are your friends. An emergency kit is easy to make and is very useful on a day to day basis.