How to Provide First Aid For Your Horse
by: Michael Colucci
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
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 tissue.
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.
About The Author: Michael Colucci is an experienced horse competitor and writes articles
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