Equine Vet Kit Essentials and care

Every horse owner should have a vet kit to hand for emergency situations. I have a full vet kit kept in the tack room, and a pared down version on the trailer. Everyone has different ways of wound management and uses different makes and types of items. Over the years a lot of us have also developed little hacks that make life easier when dealing with injuries, for example using a nappy to poultice a hoof,mixing copper sulphate powder into hoof grease, or pouring mouthwash over the hoof to treat thrush. If you are a first time horse owner its worth speaking to other owners and finding out what their must haves and life hacks are, to help you out in future. We have compiled a list below of our veterinary kit must haves.

  • Strong, waterproof, lockable box – That you can also stand and sit on whilst administering equine first aid
  • small clean bowl for washing minor cuts and grazes
  • big bowl/buckets for washing larger guts and also soaking hooves
  • Wash such as HibiScrub
  • Salt
  • Animalintex for poulticing
  • Nappies for poulticing feet and awkward areas e.g hocks
  • Gamgee for wrapping legs
  • vetwrap – tons of it, in bright colours
  • stable bandages
  • wound powder
  • wound creme – there are many different types varieties – have a read on the bottles and speak to your vet for advice. You may find you have a few different types for different wounds and locations.
  • Wound spray – you may want this for those cuts that the horses are not going to let you get near, then you can stand at a safe distance and spray
  • Saline Solution – for cleaning eyes
  • eye cream – you can specialist equine eye creme
  • Cotton wool  – for cleaning wounds
  • Hoof pick
  • Baling twine
  • Polo’s – for bribery
  • A twitch
  • Clippers
  • Sharp scissors – A big pair and  a little pair
  • Hoof boot or bag
  • Duct Tape
  • Torch
  • Head Torch
  • plastic gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Thermometer – make sure you take your horses temperature regularly so you know what is normal for your horse
  • Pen and Paper
  • Useful numbers – yard owner, vet, transport company
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Wire cutters
  • shoe removing equipment
  • Spare headcollar
  • sudocreme

You can buy stocked first aid kits from most tack shops and online stores and then add in your go to lotions and potions yourself. Remember to regularly check your first aid kit and make sure it is still sealed, sterile and in date. Also make sure to keep lotions and potions and medicines at he correct temperature, and move them inside in the winter if needed, and store in a fridge in summer if needed It is also worth practising how to poultice a hoof and put on bandages correctly so you what to do in an emergency.

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