A first aid kit for horses can be a real lifesaver. Generally, I divide first aid supplies into 2 categories – those that are for critical life-saving intervention where seconds count, and those that you have time to go to the store and purchase (although they should be kept on hand if possible)
Your horse can die within seconds or minutes from just a few things. Severe blood loss, shock, snake bite, allergic reaction, heart failure or poisoning.
Critical life-saving supplies:
my favorite liquid trace mineral concentrate* (ask me how it works)
blood stop powder
Yunnan Baiyao for bleeding
my favorite prebiotic*
activated charcoal for poisoning
my favorite montmorrillonite clay* for poisoning
micronized cleaned zeolite for poisoning
cayenne pepper tincture and/or powder for bleeding and heart issues
Rubber tubing of the appropriate diameter and length to insert in the nostril/nasal cavity in case of snake bite to the nose
epinephrine if you give your own shots (consult with your veterinarian for supply & dosage) [note: I am not describing how to use each of these, as that would be prescribing and treating. Please consult your health practitioner for instructions.]
National Animal Poison Control Center Numbers
1-900-680-0000 $20 for the first 5 minutes, then $2.95/minute after. Charged to your phone bill
1-800-548-2423 $30.00 per case, (bills to your VISA, Mastercard, Discover or American Express only)
The 800 number cost includes follow-up calls and will consult with your veterinarian.
Other first aid kit ingredients:
There are many good online sources of first aid kit ingredient lists and complete kits. These lists and kits are typically based on conventional western medicine.
A good homeopathic first aid kit can be very handy as well. Most homeopathic companies offer complete kits. There are a few key remedies that should be kept on hand, if you opt not to purchase an entire farm kit. My personal kit includes these homeopathic remedies in 30C potency: Nux Vomica, Arnica, Hypericum, Ledum, Thuja, Urtica, and Arsenicum.
My personal first aid kit:
Everything listed on the critical supplies list and homeopathic lists above, plus…
my favorite wound dressing*
my favorite balm*
Also learn how to do basic TTouch ear work for animals in shock. Start at the base of the ear, cup your hand around the ear to fold the ear on itself with your fingers on one side and thumb on the other, and slide along the length of the ear. When you reach the tip, rub it between your thumb and fingers to activate the shock point. Keep repeating the slide and the rub of the tip. You can also make circles or rub around the base of the ear, where it joins the head, to activate the acupuncture point for digestion and respiration.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your animal’s health program.