Here is a short list of essential items for your first aid kit
Iodine Solution Diluted
An Iodine Solution that is properly diluted is Betadine. Any fresh wounds should be flushed out with this solution.
Neosporin and Nolvasan
These are topical antiseptic ointments that fight bacteria and promote healing. These should be used twice daily after a veterinarian has seen the wound.
Sterile Gauze Sponges
Use these when cleaning the wounded area with a Diluted Iodine Solution.
Sterile Gauze Roll and Self-Adhesive Tape
The Self-Adhesive Tape holds the Gauze to the wound. The tape is easily applied and removed. A few good brands are: Kling, Elastikon, Flexus and Vet-Rap.
Blunt-tipped Bandage Scissors
These come in handy for removing bandages.
Topical Eye Ointment
Nonsteroidal Eye Ointment comes in handy when a horse injures his eye, and a veterinarian is not immediately available.
Rectal Thermometer with string and clip attached
An adult horse’s normal temperature is between 99.0 and 101 degrees F.
Injectable Sedative and Pain Killer
Keep a small dose of each available. They come in handy in situations such as colic or for horses who are unwilling. (Banamine for pain and acepromazine for sedation)
Other Supplies That Should be Included:
- Hoof Pick
- Fly spray
- Wire cutters
- Cup or container
- Surgical scrub and antiseptic solution
- Latex gloves
- Saline solution
- Diapers (for packing or bandaging feet)
- Duct tape