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We love our horses and their antics, but sometimes their games result in injuries and accidents. Being prepared with a fully-stocked equine first aid kit will enable you to respond quickly to any horse emergency at your barn or on the road. The items in your first aid kit will vary a little depending on your setup, your horse, how often you travel, and the level of comfort and experience you have handling emergencies.
In addition to the essentials listed below, it is very important to have your horse’s health records on hand during an emergency. This is even more important if you are boarding and may not be on-site during an emergency.
Not sure where to get started with horse health records? Try our Free Horse Record Tracker!
You’ll need to store your supplies in a waterproof case or carrier. We have a tote with a handle to keep our items mobile and accessible wherever we need them….because an injury almost never happens right next to your tack room. If you don’t know normal equine vital signs by heart, print them off and tape them inside your first aid kit. Aside from knowing whether the vitals are outside of normal, your vet is going to ask as soon as you call them.
In Arizona, hot weather is the biggest concern for medicines, but in most places worry about freezing is more common. Either way, move your first aid kit inside during extreme hot or cold temperatures to prevent damage to your supplies or medications.
Here is the list of items we keep in our equine first aid kit. We purchase most of these items online, at the feed store, or in the case of medications from our veterinarian.
I’ve been around horses my entire life, but my Friesian journey started just over 20 years ago. Our horses have always been a part of our family. They have traveled with us as we relocated from Vermont to New York to Iowa and finally, to Arizona. I can’t wait to share our story with you!
Mar 24, 2021
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