Use this handy checklist to stock up on must-have first aid kit items.
When a horse is injured, how quick and effective a horse owner reacts can play a huge role in healing. It’s why Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, California, compiled a list of must-haves in an equine first aid kit.
The best way to protect your horse from a dire situation is to be prepared, because it’s not a matter of “if” your horse gets injured, but “when,” says Maggie Pietzmeier, DVM, who works at Pioneer Equine Hospital. “Horses are clever, and in a rubber, padded stall they would find a way to hurt themselves. “
Use the list below to stock up on medical items. Most items can be ordered online or purchased from a tack store, however, some things, like phenylbutazone, will require a prescription from your local veterinarian.
ABD pad, 5 pads
bandage scissors, 1 pair
brown gauze, 2 rolls
cast padding, 2 rolls of 4-inch padding
cotton roll, 1 roll
cotton sheet, 2 sheets
Elastikon, 2 rolls of 3-inch elastic tape
Elastiant, 2 rolls of 2-inch elastic adhesive bandage
exam gloves, 3 pairs
flunixin meglumine paste (Banamine), 1 tube (prescription required)
gauze sponges, 1 pack of 3-by-3-inch cotton gauze
Magnapaste, 1 jar of epsom salt poultice
needles: 18 x 1.5-inch and 20 x 1.5-inch, 2 each
Neo-Poly-Bac medicated eye ointment, 1 tube (prescription required)
phenylbutazone (Bute) paste, 1 tube (prescription required)
povidone-iodine (Betadine) scrub, 8 oz bottle
syringes: 60 ml catheter-tip syringe; 35 ml syringe; 12 ml syringe
triple antibiotic wound ointment, 1 tube
VetRap, 2 rolls of 4-inch elastic wrap
white tape, 1 roll