Monday, February 3, 2014

Tips for Trail Riders

With horse shows, eventing and trail riding just around the corner, we need to give some thought to keeping our horses safe during this fun time. The following lists are a few ideas we would like to share regarding the “must have” and “must know” tips to assist in our first aid and health care duties of our equine friends. First, let’s list all of the “Must Know” we all should have engrained in our minds when it comes to the first aid of our equine friend. If you suspect that “something just doesn’t seem right”, you will want to make the following assessment:
  1. Heart/Pulse Rate (28-40 bpm)
  2. Respiration Rate (9-16 bpm)
  3. Temperature (99.5 – 101.0 degrees F)
  4. Gum color and texture (pink and moist
  5. Gastrointestinal Sounds (always heard)
These vital signs are very helpful when you are trying to relay symptoms to your veterinarian. I keep these vital signs in my barn in a Health Care Log for quick and easy reference. Also posted clearly is an Emergency Call list with my veterinarian listed first and myself second in the event that someone should wander into my barn and detect a problem. Second, let’s list all of the “Must Have” items that I keep in my barn and trailer at all times for immediate access: />DRUGS AND MEDICATIONS
  • Bute
  • Banamine
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Thermometer
  • Stethoscope
  • Scissors
  • Flashlight
  • Small Bucket
  • 4 x 4 Gauze
  • Telfa or Similar Non Stick tape
  • Gauze Roll
  • Sheet Cotton
  • Duct Tape
  • Vet Wrap
  • Betadine Scrub/Solution
  • Roll Cotton
I hope you never have to put these tips to practice, but as you all know horses seem to invite accidents and can be very delicate creatures when it comes to their well being. In future articles we will cover the “Must Have” and “Must Know” for trail riders. We here at wish you a happy and eventful riding season!! Happy Trails from Goldie and me!!

No comments:

Post a Comment