Horse First Aid Kits/Human First Aid Kits

We've had some folks ask if we carry a horse first aid kit for trail riding, horse camping or horse packing.  We do not have a 1st aid kit on the website for horse or humans, but we do think it is a good idea to be prepared!  It just seems like it is a little easier to get what you want and need if you prepare your own kit.  And, it's really not that expensive.  

So, in the manner of the CASE method (copy and steal everything)--we've checked out some of the horse first aid kits that are out there...and some of the recommendations from other folks and come up with some ideas we'd like to pass along to you!

Kits will vary according to personal preference, but there are certain supplies which should be incorporated into every kit.  This kit would contain primarily emergency items that could help in the event of a cut or wound.

Recommended items for your portable first aid kit:
*Electrolytes,powder and paste for dehydration.
*Neosporin - This should be applied twice daily to minor abrasions and in wounds that are superficial wounds (the skin edges cannot be moved separately).
*Diluted iodine solution - To flush out any full thickness wounds (the skin edges can be moved separately). Any wound that will be seen by a veterinarian within 4 hours of injury (8 hours for head injuries) should not have any other medications applied, but should simply be flushed with clear water or dilute iodine solution and covered to prevent drying.
*Nolvasan, Furacin, Corona,  or Wound Powder - These antiseptic ointments or powders are to be applied to full thickness wounds (the skin edges can be moved separately) that will not be seen by a veterinarian within the first 4 to 8 hours. 
*Knife for making splints, cutting bandaging materials, cutting your horse free from a tangled rope, etc. Use extreme care when using a knife around your horse. 
*Hoof pick To clean out the bottom of the foot to search for punctures, bruising, or other foot problems.
*Fly lotion, Swat, etc - This can be used to keep flies and other insects from irritating and contaminating open wounds that cannot be bandaged. Apply the lotion directly around but not inside the wound.
*Ophthalmic Polysporin - For eye injuries.
*Bandaging Materials:   Cotton Padding, Telfas (non-stick gauze) Vetrap
Duct Tape, Diapers, Large & Small Sterile Gauze or Vetrap
Elastoplast ,1-inch and 2 inch White Adhesive Tape, Saran Wrap, Cotton Leg Wraps
6-inch brown roll gauze, Med-Rip bandage tape

Additional items:
Latex gloves
Antibiotic spray
Safety pins
Zip Lock Bags
Petroleum Jelly
Blunt-nosed scissors


For the human:

personal medication

  • bandages
  • aspirin, Tylenol
  • medical tape
  • sterile gauze
  • elastic wrap
  • antibiotic wipes
  • antiseptic cream
  • burn ointment
  • sunburn lotion
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • eye wash
  • sanitary napkins
  • snake bite kit