How To Assemble an Equine First Aid Kit

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How To Assemble an Equine First Aid Kit

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There is a one-in-a-million chance a horse will not suffer from a cut, abrasion, or bruise throughout its entire lifetime. Like some inevitable events of life, accidents occur – despite the well-meaning efforts of the most cautious horse owner, handler, or breeder. The horse’s nature and behavior are partially to be blamed on this note: Horses are innately curious, and more likely than not, they will approach and explore new objects out of mere interest. Because they don’t have the best vision in the world and virtually lack depth perception, horses study things in a series of advances and retreats.

In the wild, horses are prey animals of the grassy plains – the hunted, not the hunter. Because of such, they tend to instantaneously resort into a flight-or-fight response at the immediate sight of danger. Although years of domestication have bred horses to be docile and human interventions have totally eliminated the predatory threats from domestic horses’ lives, the flight-and-fight instinct among domestic equines persists and continuously acts as this animal’s deeply rooted, primary defense mechanism. While fleeing from a life-threatening stimuli may be natural, the sudden panic may drive the horse to rush straight into the fences, stalls, cattle grids, or even tractors or cultivators as if they were just a stack of harmless straws. Obviously, this just leads to disastrous results.

Despite the fact that horse owners would desire to keep the risk, injury, and mishap levels to zero, there are just some equine emergencies that can pop out unexpectedly like mushrooms in the yard. Preparing a first aid kit and making it available at all times is a very wise and practical idea. As everyone suggests, better be prepared than be sorry at the end.

The kit should be stored in an easily accessible, clean area. Your horse trailer, towing vehicle, or the barn is a good choice. To serve its purpose, the first aid kit must be updated and complete with all essential items, such as bandage materials, scissors, and gloves. Check out this article for other important things to be included in your emergency kit:

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