Be prepared for equine emergencies, large or small, by having a well-stocked vet kit.
Regardless of how well cared for our equine partners are, dealing with horses on a daily basis means that, like it or not, you will be confronted with emergencies. In the case of unexpected incidents of colic, cuts, swelling or strains, a well-stocked Equine First Aid Kit can be a life-saving tool to have on hand at all times in your barn or trailer.
Dr. Charlie Buchanan, DVM, of Brazos Valley Equine Hospital in Stephenville, Texas, has compiled a list of important supplies to have on hand in case of an emergency. It’s always advisable to keep your trusted vet’s number(s) programmed into your phone or posted in your barn in case others may be trusted with feeding or checking on horses while you are away. The contact information for the nearest surgical facility is also a good bit of information to have on hand, just in case.
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- Banamine paste or injectable
- Syringes (3 mL, 12 mL, 35 mL, 60 mL)
- Needles (18x1 ½”, 20x1 ½”)
- Sterile saline
- Vedadine or Nolvasan solution
- AluSpray aerosol bandage
- Quilted wraps
- Polo wraps
- Vetrap bandaging tape
- Elastikon elastic tape
- Diapers and duct tape (to wrap feet in case of laceration or abscess)
- Ichthammol drawing salve
- MagnaPaste poultice
- Sulfamethoxazole trimethoprim tablets
- Atropine eye ointment
- Triple antibiotic eye ointment
- Zylexis immunostimulant
- Table salt (top-dressed on feed to stimulate thirst)
Danika Kent is an avid barrel racer and frequent contributor to Barrel Horse News. E-mail comments on this article to