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Horse Articles :: Horse First Aid
First Aid for Horses
If your horse is in the field, and it suffers a severe cut,
you will want to stop the bleeding as soon as possible. You
will need to make a call to your vet, and there are steps
you also need to take in order to provide first aid to your
horse as soon as possible. You will want to stabilize the
horse prior to the arrival of the vet.
The first thing you want to do is make sure you have a first
aid kit available for the horse in advance. The first aid
kit should have all the important constituents necessary for
emergencies and small cuts. You always want to make sure that
you have first aid readily available. You will want to make
sure you have all the important tools you need, and you will
want to know how to use them.
A commercially available first aid kit for horses will cost
between $39 and $80. You will want to make sure the kit has
a thermometer so that you can check the temperature of the
horse. All horses should have a standard temperature of 99
to 115 degrees. The first aid kit should also come with a
stethoscope so that you can monitor the heart rate of the
horse. You can listen clearly to the heartbeat just under
the elbow on the left side of the horse.
All first aid kits should have a flashlight, in case you
have an emergency in the dark. You will also want to have
electrolytes in case the horse becomes dehydrated. Warming
up water and adding a small teaspoon of electrolytes can encourage
water consumption by your horse. The first aid kit should
also have neosporin, iodine, and hydrogen peroxide. Avoid
using the hydrogen peroxide on wounds as it will destroy benign
You will also want to have wire cutters handy in the event
the horse gets stuck in a gate or wire. You will also want
to use a twitch which can calm your horse and keep him controlled
in situations where it will be in great pain. You will also
want to make sure you have a knife cutting bandages and other
materials. You will want to make sure you don't injure your
horse when handling the knife.
You will want to use the iodine solution to clean out any
thick wounds. Any wounds which will be treated by a veterinarian
within a hours of the injury should not have medications applied,
and should only be flushed with iodine or clean water to prevent
them from drying.
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