First-Aid Checklist


In addition to any medications your veterinarian recommends specifically for your horse (bute, penicillin, Banamine, or dipyrone analgesic, tranquilizer, etc.) stock your “on the road” first-aid kit with the following:


*  Mild antiseptic solution or soap

*  35 cc syringe for flushing puncture wounds

*  Clean sponge

*  Antibiotic dusting powder or spray

*  Antibiotic ointment or cream

*  Mild liniment

*  Poultice

*  Rubbing alcohol

*  Petroleum jelly

*  Epsom salts

*  Cotton swabs (use instead of fingers to transfer medication from jars or tubes to wounds to avoid contamination)

*  Sterile gauze pads and bandages

*  Adhesive tape

*  Blunt-tipped scissors

*  Tweezers

*  Equine rectal thermometer

*  Fly spray


Ask your veterinarian to check your ability to read your horse’s vital signs and to show you how to apply a pressure bandage to stop bleeding, how to use a twitch, how to administer intramuscular shots, and how to give any medications you’ll be taking along.




Useful Items to Take on the Trail and for Camp


Safety & Survival Items:

*  Maps

*  Knife

*  Canteen/thermos

*  First aid kit

*  Ace bandages

*  Compass

*  Whistle

*  Matches

*  Flashlight

*  Sunburn lotion

*  Emergency shelter


For Your Horse:

*  E-Z Picket picket line

*  Neck rope

*  Extra halter and lead ropes

*  Extra curb strap

*  Saddlebags

*  Horse blankets or sheets

*  Bucket

*  Rawhide thongs for minor repairs

*  Hoofpick

*  Extra salt or electrolytes (I like the paste variety for the saddlebag)


For You:

*  Riding boots

*  Rubber footwear for wet mornings

*  Rain gear

*  Clothes for temperature extremes

*  Hat

*  Sunglasses

*  Insect repellent

*  Camera

*  Camping equipment as needed

*  Snacks (for you and your horse)