Many people ensure they keep a well-stocked human first aid kit at their home or place of work but it is just as important to have an equine version on hand, usually best stored in a safe, dry location at the yard. It is not nice to consider a much-loved horse or pony experiencing health problems or having a nasty accident but it is one of the realities of equine ownership. Being able to access the right veterinary equestrian supplies easily and quickly can make a massive difference to the eventual outcome. It is a good idea to purchase the following veterinary equestrian supplies for the first aid pack. Keep the veterinary equestrian supplies in a waterproof, secure container, that won't be too challenging to find and carry whenever it is needed.
A good equine veterinary book
There are a number of these veterinary guides on the market. Choose one that is as detailed as possible while still remaining relatively easy to understand. They can help owners swiftly determine what is most likely to be wrong with their horse.
Emergency contact card
Make a note of the local veterinarian's name and contact numbers and keep it with the veterinary equestrian supplies. If help is needed quickly, all of the relevant details will be immediately on hand.
Notebook and pen
This can be used to keep note of any symptoms and changes in the horse's behaviour. This can make the vets' job a lot easier if they need to attend.
Bandages and gamgee
If the horse has a bad wound, it is important to apply pressure in order to stop the bleeding. Make sure a set of clean bandages is kept as part of the supplies. VetWrap can also be extremely useful when it comes to keeping wound dressings in place, especially around more awkward areas.
Antiseptic cream or powder - Ideal for all kinds of wounds, scratches and grazes.
Wire cutters - These can be a lifesaver if a horse is found tangled in wire.
Thermometer - If a horse seems out of sorts, a thermometer can be a useful addition to the veterinary equestrian supplies collection, enabling the owner to pinpoint an out of the ordinary temperature. Once the first aid kit has been assembled, don't just forget about it. Some products will expire so keep an eye on them and replenish when necessary.
As well as keeping a full collection of supplies at the yard, it can also be worth having a smaller version to take to shows and other outings. Pack some wound powder, VetWrap and gamgee and an extra bucket and water. Some leg cooling gel or cream can also be useful if the horse is show jumping or eventing, as there is always the likelihood of them hitting a fence and bruising their leg. Remember, being prepared is key. Hopefully, none of the equestrian medical equipment that has been mentioned will be needed. However, if the horse does have a mishap, the chances of them making a full and healthy recovery will be much improved if the injury or illness is treated as quickly and effectively as possible.
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