Be writing that list and checking it twice! Naughty is going to happen to your horse some time, whether he’s nice or not. Your first aid checklist for your horse should be a primary goal for your attention.
An equine emergency is never a matter of if – it’s at best just a matter of when. Horses seem to find ways to injure themselves; if there is anything sharp within their reach, they will inherently find it and injure themselves on it. It will be a cut, a scrape, a puncture, a rip, a tear, or a deep wound of some sort that your horse will commit himself to, if given the chance.
So be prepared. Get that first aid check list started, and keep working on it until you’ve got it right. If you are not sure what should go in a first aid check list for your horse(s), then you should begin some serious research on the subject of equine first aid kits as soon as possible.
Prevention should be your primary goal!
There is plenty of information available on the Internet and in equine publications on the subject of emergency prevention and preparedness for your horses. You may even have a few things on hand to be part of your first aid check list.
Start with listing those items that you already have on hand when working on your first aid checklist. The next decision should be if you want to make up your own first aid kit, or if you want to take advantage of a kit that has been professionally designed for horses. Either way, you should have a strong working knowledge of what you should have on that first aid checklist.
At the very least you should probably have a good first aid kit for your barn, and another one for your trailer, if you travel very much with your horse. If your equine first aid check list points you towards a complete horse first aid kit, then your next step is to be sure that you find a kit(s) that is rated for the number of horses that you have.
Organizing your Equine First Aid Check list
You might want to consider breaking your first aid check list into sections, so that you can research and organize it better. This will allow you to be sure that you have prepared yourself and your horse, for all possible emergencies, and accidents.
Categories for your equine first aid check list should include such items as: Wound Care Management; Equipment; Medications; Meds Administering Supplies; Emergency Care Advice Materials; Sickness Care Supplies; and any other supplies necessary to your own horse(s). These categories will help you to be better organized with preparing your equine first aid check list so that you can enjoy piece of mind in knowing that your horse’s safety and well-being are best seen to.
From your well prepared first aid checklist you can then determine one of three choices:
1) Purchase a well-designed and planned out turn-key equine first aid kit from a reputable company who is experienced in equine first aid knowledge and first aid kit production
2) Customize a pre planned equine first aid kit by adding the few additional items necessary to meet your needs 3) Design your own kit, including items that you may already have on hand, and inclusionary of all of the items on your equine first aid check list from your prior research.
A reputable equine first aid company should readily have on hand all of the necessary supplies that you would need for making your own kit. These items are normally warehoused by equine first aid companies for their own kit production, and as restocking and refill supplies for their customers.
Determine how to store your Equine First Aid Kit
Likely the final decision on your equine first aid check list will be what type of box or bag you will keep your equine first aid supplies in. Box versus bag will your main decision.
While a box can be quite protective, a soft sided bag for smaller equine first aid kits can make more sense.
It’s all about organization of the supplies for your equine first aid check list, and protection of those supplies, in your choice for container for your horse’s first aid kit. A well designed soft sided bag should have a number of sections and pockets for keeping your supplies well protected and stashed for future use.
Likewise, inside of those pockets and sections, there should be further dividers, clear plastic zippered or mesh pockets, and most especially elastic daisy chains so that bottles, jars, equipment, syringes, needles and other smaller items can be easily stored in the upright position, protected and easily found when an emergency arises, and quick access is necessary.
A well designed soft sided bag should last you almost forever. A hard sided plastic open market tote for smaller kits will keep out dust and moisture in most cases, but won’t take the abuse and punishment that a soft sided kit bag will. The hard sided box won’t always fit and adapt well to varying storage spaces and might shatter in cold weather. The soft died bag should machine wash to nearly like new, fit in many more storage spaces, expand and contract with the amount of supplies, and keep out dust, dirt and moisture.