Because of their size, inquisitive nature, and well-developed flight responses, horses tend to be accident prone, making both minor and major wounds common occurrences. Effectively providing first aid to an injured horse requires having easy access to a fully-stocked first-aid kit. Kits can either be purchased pre-assembled or custom made. Up-to-date vaccination records for all horses in the barn should also be readily accessible, particularly the tetanus vaccine status.
Familiarity with your horse’s normal behavior and heart and respiratory rates can help you easily recognize when something is wrong. Consider taking an owner education seminar on wound management or first aid. Alternatively, there are many books available about equine first aid.
- 'Pinch Grafting' for Equine Lower Limb Wounds (AAEP 2011)
- Granulation Tissue Management in the Horse (AAEP 2011)
- Manuka Honey for Healing Horse Wounds (AAEP 2011)
- Lecture Discusses NEXT Generation in Equine Tissue Healing
- Adipose-Derived Stem Cells: A Review
- Understanding Growth Factors in Regenerative Medicine
- Treating Equine Orthopedic Injuries with Stem Cells
- Ointments Help Horses with Bug Bite Hypersensitivity
- Hyaluronic Acid-Based Biomaterial to Enhance Leg Wound Healing (AAEP 2010)
- Foot Pain in Horses: Diagnosing Soft Tissue Problems (AAEP 2010)