Inside My Equine First Aid Kit

Horses tend to be a little accident prone. Here’s a list of everything I keep in my emergency stash.

I have two First-Aid kits — one for home and one for the trailer.  The home based kit is big and contains all of my backup supplies.  It’s in a giant plastic trunk.  The trailer kit is smaller, fitting in a duffel bag with a shoulder strap.  I check each one twice a year, replacing any outdated medicine and restocking other essentials as needed.






Duct tape


Pocket knife

Bandage Central:

Disposable diapers and feminine pads ← Both are amazingly absorbent and the different shapes are suited for different injuries.  ‘Little Swimmers’ Diapers are waterproof making them extra handy for hoof applications.


Stable bandages and quilts

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Illustration courtesy Lindsey Kahn

Medicine Cabinet:


Animalintex Poultice Pad

Fura-Zone Ointment

Corona Multi-Purpose Ointment

Betadine Surgical Scrub

Non-fragranced antibacterial dish soap ← Super cost effective shampoo.  I use Dawn or Ivory.

Saline ← Contact lens solution has a convenient nozzle top.

Swat Fly Repellent

No Thrush Hoof Powder

Liniment ← I prefer the gel varieties.

Epsom salts

Flat Tire Fix:

Hoof pick

Farrier’s rasp and nippers

Hoof testers

Hoof boot ← In case of a lost shoe away from home.

I also stock Bute, Benadryl, electrolyte paste, Perfect Prep EQ Extreme paste, the Hands-on Senior Horse Care book, backup copies of registration papers, Coggins, and updated pictures of my horses (with me in the photo → important for stolen/lost horse identification) in each kit.

Are you prepared for an emergency?  What’s in your kit?

Go Riding!

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