Saturday, December 5, 2009

Save Your Horse - First Aid Kit to Keep in Trailer

Something we need to have and hope to never use.  A well-stocked first aid kit can mean all the difference.  Make sure you keep your supplies well-stocked and up to date.  Personally, I keep my first aid stuff in a plastic tool box.  I do have plans to get a wall mounted box for my trailer to keep it up and out of the way.

Here is a generic list of supplies to have with you when trailering from EquiSpirit trailers -

From the website:
The following items assembled into an emergency kit will help you handle most situations. These items are not only for use on the trailer, but are good to have around the barn. Discuss this list with your own veterinarian, he may have other suggestions that are appropriate for you and your situation.

•ROLL COTTON - 2 rolls
•ROLL GAUZE - 4 rolls ( 4" or 6")
•CLEAN STANDING BANDAGES - 2 quilt or fleece with outer wraps
•24" SECTION OF 6" PVC PIPE which has been split in half lengthwise - for splinting; check that diameter of pipe fits your horse.
•COHESIVE FLEXIBLE BANDAGE - 2 - 4" (Vetrap or Co-flex)
•ANTISEPTIC SOAP - Betadine etc.
•ANTIBACTERIAL OINTMENT - Nitrofurozone Dressing or Triple Antibiotic
•OPTHALMIC OINTMENT AND SALINE EYE WASH - Without cortizone or steriods
•WATER - 10 gallons or more

All medications should be given on the advice of your own veterinarian or the veterinarian treating the condition. IMPROPER USE OF TRANQUILIZERS AND OTHER MEDICATION CAN RESULT IN THE LOSS OF YOUR HORSE.
Know normal vital signs and how to take them. More detailed information about first aid treatment, preventing stress and injury, and pre-trip preparation can be found in Hawkins Guide: Equine Emergencies on the Road by James Hamilton, DVM, available through EquiSpirit Trailer Company call 910-692-1771 or toll free 877-575-1771.


Here is a kit already made up - kinda pricey, but handy.  Includes horse and human supplies. From EquiMedic USA

From the website:
Trailering kit - Large
Featuring 59 different products and 343 items
Kit Measurements: 12.5" high, 17.5" wide, 12" deep / 16.2 pounds
Each end compartment is 3" wide. The main compartment is 12.5" wide, 12" deep, and 12.5" tall
  • Cotton Tipped Swabs
  • Medical Towels
  • Wood Applicators
  • Non-Sterile Gauze
  • Sterile Gauze
  • Non-Adherent Gauze
  • Medium Dressings
  • Large Dressing
  • 3M Vetrap
  • Adhesive Tape
  • ½ Pound Cotton Roll
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Sanitizing Towelettes
  • Povidone Iodine Swabsticks
  • Eye Wash
  • Betadine Surgical Scrubs
  • 90 ml Wound Wash
  • Iodine Wipes
  • Pint Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Pint Alcohol
  • 4 ounce Betadine
  • Flashlight
  • Exam Gloves
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Hoof Picks
  • Tourniquets
  • Pocket Scalpels
  • Bandage Scissors
  • Bandage Pins
  • 18 gauge 1" Needles
  • 12cc Syringes
  • 20cc Syringes
  • 35cc Syringes
  • Thumb Forcep
  • Wrap Cutters
  • Digital Thermometers
  • UltraShield Towelettes
  • Antibiotic Ointment Packets
  • Hydrocortisone Packets
  • Bio-Freeze Pain Relief Packets
  • Blistex Lip Ointment Packets
  • Sting Relief Wipes
  • Insect Repel Gel Packets
  • Sunscreen Towelettes
  • WaterJel Burn Relief Packets
  • 3/4 Inch Bandages
  • 1 Inch Bandages
  • WaterJel Topical Cool Packets
  • Butterfly Bandages
  • Triangular Bandage
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Electrolyte Gold Packets
  • Small Instant Cold Packs
  • Large Liniment
  • Medium Antiseptic Ointment
  • Large Instant Cold Packs
  • 6 ounce Bloodstop
  • Wound Kote
Here is the kit for you serious haulers with the big rigs. Put this Large Trailering Kit in the tack room of your big gooseneck or semi trailer and leave it there, knowing that you’ve got all that you should need to tend to the emergency health problems of your traveling horses and your riders and handlers. Offering 23 more products and 188 more items than our Small Trailering Kit (KIT003), this kit is made for you folks who spend serious miles going down the road with from four to ten horses. We have added significantly more human items to this kit for your people who spend as much time away from home as do your horses.
The Large Trailering Kit is now available in it’s very own specially designed bag. This design is by far our best tailored and most efficiently designed and organized bag. This kit will amaze you with it’s organizational capabilities. It is purely awesome, and we are very proud of it*.
The new Large Trailering Kit Bag offers a large main center compartment, accessible through a large flap opening. On the inside, that flap delivers to you six clear plastic zippered pockets for your smaller items. The large compartment has a movable center divider and features a number of various sized elastic loops to hold your products upright and in place.
Two separately zippered compartments flank the center section and an outside pocket on the back side completes this versatile bag design. This kit comes to you in our traditional heavy poly lined material that is durable and washable and will stay looking new as long as you are willing to launder it as needed.
*Click on this link to the description of this bag as sold empty for a more complete description (the empty bag is $85)
Retail Value: $325.00
PRICE: $295.00

They have a whole range of complete first aid kits ranging from $70 to $820!!

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