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Welcome to the Equestrian Outreach First Aid Kit Page

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Equine First-Aid Kit Contents:

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A well-stocked equine (and human) first-aid kit should be kept in a place where it is easily accessed. Any used or out-of-date items should be replaced as soon as possible. However, other than for minor injuries, a veterinarian should be consulted before treating a sick or injured animal.
The basic items any equine first-aid kit should include are:


Tools & Diagnostic Equipment:

  1. Horse safe rectal thermometer.
  2. Petroleum jelly (to use as lubrication for thermometer)
  3. Stethoscope (for listening to heartbeat, respiration and, in the case of suspected colic, gut sounds) Pulse and respiration can be determined without a stethoscope. Gut sounds can be heard by putting one's ear to the horse's side, but doing so increases the risk of being kicked by the horse.
  4. Penlight.
  5. Pair of bandage scissors (Sharp, clean scissors and reserved for first aid kit only).
  6. Hoof Pick.
  7. Humane Twitch.
  8. Poultice boot, for hoof injuries. (A hoof boot can be used for this purpose, though a medical boot is usually easier to put on and take off).
  9. Pair needle nose pliers with wire cutters (for freeing a tangled horse) or equivalent such as a fencing tool or lineman's pliers; though these objects are often kept in a well-organized barn, an extra set in a first-aid kit is helpful for major emergencies.
  10. Pair Latex Exam Gloves.
  11. Nylon rope (50 feet).

Medicines:

  1. Sterile saline solution, which is used to clean wounds. Contact lens solution may be used for this purpose.
  2. Insect sting pads.
  3. Bottle Clear Eyes (3.5 oz.).
  4. Bottle Betadine (16 oz.).
  5. Bottle Providine solution.
  6. Bottle of Iodine.
  7. Container Providine scrub (Medical grade antibacterial soap).
  8. Bottle of eye wash.
  9. Bottle of anti-inflammatory medications.
  10. Bottle hydrogen peroxide.
  11. Petroleum jelly.
  12. Wound ointment for minor scrapes.
  13. Epsom Salts for drawing out infection & treating pain.
  14. Phenylbutazone ("Bute") paste for pain relief.
  15. Flunixin Meglumine ("Banamine", "Finadyne") granules or paste for colic treatment
  16. Acepromazine ("Ace") or similar tranquilizer pill, paste, or pre-filled injector
  17. Epinephrine (adrenaline) auto-injectors for emergency treatment of a horse that goes into anaphylactic shock when stung by a bee, wasp or other insect.
  18. Poultice dressing.

Cleaning Supplies:

  1. Clean bucket, reserved for first-aid kit only, for washing out wounds
  2. Clean sponge, reserved for first-aid kit only
  3. Gauze (for cleaning wounds)
  4. Cotton balls or sheet cotton for absorbing liquids, particularly good for dipping into liquid products and then squeezing or dabbing the liquid onto a wound. (Cotton used to clean a wound may leave fibers in the injury; gauze is a better product if the wound must be touched.)
  5. Hypodermic syringe (without needle), for cleaning wounds. (Using the syringe to wash out a wound is preferable to cleaning it with cotton or gauze.) An old syringe, if cleaned first, works fine for this.
  6. Clean towels and rags
  7. Disposable rags or paper towels

Bandages and other forms of protection:

  1. Absorbent padding, such as roll cotton or a set of cotton leg wraps (keep a clean set sealed in a plastic bag)
  2. Gauze to be used as wound dressing underneath bandages.
  3. Sterile wound dressing, such as Telfa pads (4” x 4”)
  4. Leg Bandages - stable bandages or rolls of self-adhering vet wrap

Adhesive tape for keeping bandages in place: