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Horse and Human First Aid

From humans to horses, here???s what should go into trail riding first aid kits.


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How to make the basic trail safety kit

When it comes to first aid preparedness, humans aren’t the only ones to consider. From scrapes to sprains, horses need emergency care, too. Experienced trail riders recommend assembling equine-friendly first aid kits and carry them in a saddlebag or other appropriate pouch. Here’s what should go into a basic kit:

Alcohol prep pads
Antibiotic ointment
Sterile gauze pads
Bandaging tape
Fine tooth comb

Any group departing on a trail ride should have a first aid kit complete enough to address common minor injuries to riders, and small enough to fit in a saddlebag. Here is a list of kit contents for meeting basic first aid needs based on the Red Cross’s recommendations:

One box of adhesive bandages, various sizes
One 5" x 9" sterile dressing
One conforming gauze bandage roll
Two triangular bandages
Two 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads
Two 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads
One roll 3" cohesive bandage
Two germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Antiseptic wipes
Medical-grade non-latex gloves
Adhesive tape, 2" wide
Anti-bacterial ointment
Cold pack
Small scissors
CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield

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Alyson    Madisonville, TN

9/14/2008 6:15:03 AM

Add to that kit, knowlege! Its a good idea to take a course on first aid and CPR. You never know when you are going to need it, out on the trail, at a show or at home!

Rachel    Barraco, IL

7/8/2008 8:12:26 AM

good advice to be preparred

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