Breeders of beautiful Miniature Horses with Action!
Quality Breeding ~ Quality Transport
Maryann & Brianna Cerullo
5643 SW Minson Rd.
Powell Butte, OR 97753
years, we've been asked often what is necessary to have in
first aid kit" for the horses. Again, as we've been
doing this a
long while, our kit is going to be far more complex that I
here but these are basically what I carry when I'm on the
The top six items for an emergency, as far as we're concerned are:
When you call a vet, one of the things he/she is going to want to know are the horse's vital signs. This will help the vet judge just how quickly he/she needs to come out or how quickly you need to get the horse to the clinic. Under another heading I'll tell you how to check for the horse's heart rate. There are several places to put the stethoscope, or your hand or ear) where you can count the heart beats per minute. The vet needs to know the Temperature, Heart Rate, Respiration, and Capillary return; in case of colic, the vet should know whether there are any gut sounds and where they are or are not.
With a stethoscope and a timer, you can time the heart rate and count the respirations. The thermometer is pretty straight forward...I prefer the digital because I have trouble reading a mercury one. You put the thermometer in the horse's anus and wait for the beep or a minute or so to get the proper temperature. To check the capillary return, pull down a lip and press the gum under the teeth. If the gums are pink, pressing will cause them to turn white. Count how long it takes to go from white back to pink. This will only take a few seconds. If the color isn't pink, be sure to let your vet know.
Record all your results and have them in hand when you call your vet. The banamine is reserved until your vet tells you to give it...it will help bring down a high fever or ease the pain of an injury or a colic but shouldn't be given beforehand, it can mask a lot of symptoms.
All of the above will fit into a Rubbermaid container or a "toolbox" (except the cell phone). Keeping everything together will allow you to grab your kit without having to think where things are in an emergency. Be sure to label your storage container!