Anyone who has a horse knows how prone they can be to accidents or health crises, to the detriment of their owner’s bank accounts, of course. Jokes about padded stalls, bubble wrap, and multiple horses tag teaming a single owner are abound at the barn. Sometimes we wonder how such seemingly fragile creatures survived on their own for thousands of years!
Considering horses’ accident-prone natures, it’s a good idea to have a horse first aid kit assembled at the barn, plus two for travel. This puts everything you might need in an emergency right at your fingertips, in a single case or tote.
So what should you include in such a kit? The answer is a little different depending on whether we’re talking about the barn, the trail, or your trailer. Here are suggestions for what to include in each.
At the barn, your horse first aid kit should be an all-in-one kit you can grab in case of an emergency. There are numerous types of equine emergencies, from wounds to colic. Here is a basic list of everything you should have.
Obviously you won’t be able to carry a bulky, comprehensive horse first aid kit on the trail, so you’ll need to pare it down to the bare necessities. Here are the things you should bring with you on the trail, at the bare minimum. A small trail first aid kit should fit in a fanny pack you can wear, or a small saddle bag.
The horse first aid kit you keep in your truck or trailer needs to be nearly as meaty as the one at the barn, if not more so, since you won’t have access to the conveniences of home. Here’s everything you’ll want to keep on hand.
Keeping a horse first aid kit on hand anywhere you go is a good idea for dealing with emergencies, but everyday care is important too. Remember to regularly walk your horse’s stall, paddock, and pasture to look for potential safety hazards, and ensure your horse gets adequate water and nutrition to support his needs. For more information about how our pelleted feeds keep your horse happy and healthy, call Sacate Pellet Mills today.