First Aid


Dealing with a Trailer Accident

May 11, 2005

Having an accident with a van or trailer carrying a horse is a nightmare. Always do everything in your power to prevent a vehicle accident with horses on board (or anytime for that matter). If you are uncomfortable with the trailer rig or the... Read More


Bleeding of the Uterine Artery

April 20, 2005

There are two large arteries that supply the uterus with blood. One crisis that can occur is severe hemorrhage of one of these arteries into the surrounding tissue or abdominal cavity. This problem, "rupture of the uterine artery," is well-documented... Read More


Bleeding from the Ears, Nose, or Mouth

April 07, 2005

It is because of this disease that hemorrhage from the nose should be taken very seriously, even though it is possible for a laceration, foreign body, tumor, or other cause to be responsible for the bleeding.... Read More


Ocular Emergencies

March 16, 2005

Observe the eye with the aid of a penlight or other light source. Evidence of pain is a clear symptom of most ocular diseases. However, sometimes it is not the first sign, so paying some attention to the eye and becoming familiar with what looks norm... Read More


Complications from Vaccinations

March 09, 2005

Sometimes a horse has a reaction following a vaccination. The local and whole body reaction to a number of the equine immunization products is a well-known side effect of these necessary shots. Some horses demonstrate signs of systemic illness, such ... Read More


Wounds and Lacerations

March 02, 2005

One of the most important facts regarding severe wounds is that the sooner they are noticed and repaired the better the patient's prognosis, both functionally and cosmetically. Another aspect of wounds is that they bleed, some significantly more than... Read More


Severe Dehydration

February 22, 2005

Dehydration can be a significant problem for the performance horse as well as for horses suffering from other disease processes. If you suspect dehydration, you can check easily your horse's hydration status if you have used one or more of the follow... Read More


Vital Signs

February 16, 2005

To establish a baseline set of measurements when the horse is healthy, do your "hands-off" observations first. Then after watching the horse, measure its heart and respiratory rates.... Read More


Bleeding from the Rectum

February 09, 2005

Blood coming from the rectum can represent an extremely serious veterinary medical emergency. If a relatively healthy horse is observed to be bleeding from the rectum, the most likely cause is some type of trauma. I have seen this result from malicio... Read More


Facts About Blood

February 02, 2005

Blood is an essential component of the mechanism whereby oxygen is transferred from the lungs to all of the body's organs and tissues. So just how much blood does a horse have anyway?... Read More


The Essential First Aid Kit

January 26, 2005

The preparation of a horse first aid kit for your stable is easy to make and--in an emergency--can be of great importance. Once you have assembled such a kit, make sure everyone knows this golden rule: its contents are for emergency use only.... Read More


Racehorse Injuries and Issues

March 01, 2004

Severe injury of a racehorse is one of the most visible and critical situations race track practitioners must handle. Mary Scollay, DVM, senior association veterinarian for Gulfstream Park and Calder Racecourse, and Celeste Kunz, VMD, chief examining... Read More


Aftermath of the California Fires--Deaths and Injuries

November 04, 2003

Yankee, a 30-year-old bay gelding, is one fortunate survivor of the rampant California wildfires that have plagued the San Diego and San Bernardino areas, and other parts of the state, since late October. Owner Carol Prida's home in Wildcat... Read More


Fires Cause Equine Evacuations

November 04, 2003

The raging California wildfires that have killed 20 people, destroyed about 3,400 homes, and blackened approximately 552,713 acres, also had a profound effect on the equine population. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of horses were evacuated from... Read More


Public and Animal Health Consequences of Disasters

November 04, 2003

Even as the California fires were beginning to rage out of control, Sebastian Heath, VetMB, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVPM, senior staff veterinarian for USDA-APHIS, Emergency Programs, was discussing the consequences of animals in disaster... Read More


Not-So-Happy Trails

August 01, 2003

More and more horse owners across America are turning to trail riding as their recreational equine-based activity of choice. Breed registries such as the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, and Appaloosa Horse... Read More


Horseowners' Seminar to Address Disaster Preparedness

July 23, 2003

Even horses are not immune to the changes since September 11, 2001. Florida Equine Veterinary Services prepares to address disaster preparedness in its upcoming Equine Emergency Care Seminar in Orlando in September.

"We don’t know when t... Read More


Catastrophic Wounds and Treatments

July 22, 2003

Two novel methods of wound treatment were used on five valuable American Saddlebreds attacked and injected with an unknown caustic substance in the back of their left front pasterns on June 30. The tissue in the injected area became necrotic... Read More


Horses Injured in Tornado Receive First Aid; Other Necessities Needed

May 12, 2003

In the wake of the May 4 tornado that destroyed homes, buildings and lives in the Marionville, Mo. area, many horses were left wounded and without the necessities for survival. Several horses were killed or had to be euthanized due to injuries... Read More


AAEP 2002: Kester News Hour

February 03, 2003

Probably the best-attended session of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) annual convention, the Kester News Hour provides brief reports of studies that were too new or too brief to be included in the longer scientific... Read More


Be Prepared for Emergencies

April 01, 2002

Not to be pessimistic, but if you own horses long enough, you will have to deal with emergencies. The best way to handle these situations is to be prepared. Here are some suggested items for a basic first-aid kit: Thermometer; flashlight; bandag... Read More


AAEP Convention 2001: Horseman's Day

February 01, 2002

More than 350 horse owners turned out to hear six speakers at the second annual Horseman's Day, held in conjunction with the annual AAEP convention. In almost every case, those in attendance were still raising their hands with questions when... Read More


The Farm's First-Aid Kit

October 15, 2001

Most horse owners equip their barns, stables, and trailers with an equine first-aid kit. However, most of these kits are either overstocked or inadequately maintained. Outdated drugs, contaminated ointments, and irritating medications can do mor... Read More


Free First Aid Kits for UK Horseowners

April 20, 2001

Strongid-P is offering U.K. horse owners an additional reason to double dose horses in April, the ideal time for the spring treatment of tapeworm. Strongid-P is giving away Robinson First Aid Kits to those who collect empty sachets... Read More


The Breaking Point--Catastrophic Injuries

October 01, 2000

Catastrophic injuries, involving the fracture of a bone, take a heavy toll on racehorses in training and in competition. Research through the years has given the veterinary surgeon additional tools and knowledge to deal with these... Read More