Here is a list of common horse emergencies which require a veterinarian be contacted immediately:
If you own or are responsible for a horse, then you must be prepared for accidents, injuries, and illnesses. Use the lists below to start a conversation with your veterinarian about what items should be in your barn first aid kit (and in a separate trailer first aid kit if you travel with your horse). Ultimately, what items you have on hand should be only those that you have been trained on and know how to use.
A Sample First Aid Kit:
Also good to have around the barn:
Learn to recognize injuries and illness in your horse and contact your veterinarian as soon as you notice a problem. By working together to do what is best for your horse, you may increase your horse’s chance for a full recovery and decrease the drain on your wallet.
SmartPak strongly encourages you to consult your veterinarian regarding specific questions about your horse's health. This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease, and is purely educational.
Article First Published December 2007