Equine First Aid Kit Essentials
We've all been there, we've reached for our horse first aid kit only to realise the bandage we thought we had, we actually don't. The list of items you can add into a first aid kit is almost endless, and a little overwhelming when it comes to choosing the essentials.
It's good practice to regularly check and restock your kit, not only because item's will have been used, but for other reasons such as products that have perished or become out of date.
Here we take a look at top products for horses to consider when replenishing the horse's first aid kit.
Equiwrap - buy in bulk!
You can never have too many bandages. From wounds to abscesses, they are definitely one of the most used first aid kit items - ever! Equiwrap is a high quality cohesive stretch bandage. Ideal for support and protection and holding dressings safely in place.
Antibacterial wash - Hibiscrub
Another obvious choice, but great for every day use or in times of an emergency. An antibacterial wash which is effective against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts, some fungi and viruses. Can be used for general skin cleansing - also good for use over areas where scabs have formed.
Contains chlorhexidine gluconate
HyHEALTH Cotton Wool
100% Cotton. All purpose, first aid veterinary care cotton wool roll for softness and absorbency. Use as part of your routine care, to help pad out bandaging or for use on cleaning the surrounding area of a wound.
Aqueos Blood Stop
Blood Stop forms a gel barrier and stop bleeding from cuts and minor wounds. Unique stain free formula, with no harmful chemicals.
HyHEALTH Hoof Poultice
100% Natural, veterinary approved, first aid hoof poultice - All purpose dressing designed to fit your horse's hoof, reducing preparation time - to treat wounds, cuts and abrasions. Can be applied hot, cold or dry.
Hoof It Poultice Boot
Can be used more than once, canvas poultice boot designed to help keep a poulitce in place on top of bandaging and tape. Comes with hook and loop fastening
3M Vetrap Small Animal Cohesive Bandage
Not only great for dogs, and other animals around the yard, but an excellent soft and stretchy self adhesive bandage. The layers bond together to provide maximum holding power.
Hy Bandage Tape
A good quality tape to add extra support for securing bandages, poulticing and other similar jobs.
A multi-purpose film wrap ideal for a wide variety of uses from poulticing to protecting the hoof from dirt. Can also be used for waterproofing bandages and securing ice packs. Also great for general quick fix stable yard repairs and much more.
Contains 1 x Dispenser and 10 Rolls of Blue Vetcling
Small but essential
Ideal for flushing out wounds or administering medicine.
Omron Flex Temp Smart Thermometer
A water resistant thermometer that provides an accurate measurement within 10 seconds. Features memory to keep track of data, changeable battery, soft flexible end and auto turn-off. Purchase sleeves separately.
Lincoln Bandage Scissors
Stainless steel scissors for use with bandages.
Other great equine first aid kit buys
Barrier Anti-Bacterial Skin Spray
The Barrier Anti-Bacterial skin spray quickly absorbs into the wound to ensure ideal conditions for natural healing without sealing the skin. Free from prohibited substances under current FEI and HRA rules.
KEEP IT ALL SAFE
STUBBS First Aid Box
A secure, reinforced first aid box with a Stubbyfine coated steel handle and a fastener to take a padlock. Substantial size (Height 30cm, Width 28cm, Length 39cm, Weight 2.47kg).
Vetericyn Eye Wash
An eye wash suitable for horses, and other small animals to help clear debris from the eye. Helps flush out irritants and is safe for daily use to clean and prevent tear stains without causing discomfort. Made with hypochlorous technology, a non-toxic alternative to antibiotics and steroids. Helps jumpstart the healing process.
Battles Antibacterial Surface Wipes
All purpose muti-surface wipes with an antibacterial action across all washable hard surfaces. Kills 99.999% of bacteria including MRSA, Salmonella and E-Coli. For use on tabletops, seating, fittings, walls, floors and fixtures
Leovet Silver Ointment
Effective for all kinds of wounds and against mud fever. Colloidal silver ions have an antiseptic effect and can suppress bacterial growth, as a result inflammations subside, the skin regenerates and calms down. High-grade vegetable oils provide cracked skin with moisture and help to make it supple.
Buy an all in one
Horse & Rider First Aid Kit from Robinson Animal Healthcare
The Robinson Animal Healthcare Horse and Rider First Aid kit provides all the essential items required to cope with that unexpected emergency.
Coming in a handy, wipe clean bag with carry straps. The kit contains all the necessary products to deal with minor cuts and grazes, including market leading products Animalintex® which is the only VMD licensed multi-layered absorbent poultice available in the UK and Veterinary Gamgee®.
Also included is an Equiwrap® bandage, a 15g tube of Vetalintex®, two Skintact® wound dressings, tough cut scissors and a range of first aid products for the rider.
For more information visit www.robinsonhealthcare.com