| Maintaining an Equine Medical Kit|
To be prepared to help your horse after an injury or during illness, keep an equine medical kit in your barn. You can purchase a ready-made kit in a handy storage and carrying case, or you can choose to build your own, stocking a container of your choice with your preferred brands of supplies.
In addition to medical supplies, some barn managers and horse owners keep supplies, such as Animalintex Poultice Pad for dealing with hoof abscesses and other hoof ailments in their medical kit, or stored nearby. The HOOFix™ Abscess Kit contains everything you need for a hoof emergency.
Periodically, inspect the items in your kit to be sure they're in good condition, and check expiration dates. Some medicines become either ineffective or more potent as they age, so you should monitor the expiration dates on products and discard expired ones.
If you have a small backyard barn, then you're likely to remember to restock your kit after an episode with one of your horses. In your instance, a semi-annual inspection of your kit may be appropriate. You might consider conducting your inventory in autumn, when certain medicinal gels or liquids should be moved to a temperature-controlled environment to prevent freezing, and during the spring before your busy summer riding schedule begins.
If you run a barn with boarders or riding students, consider reviewing your equine medical kit on a monthly basis. Visitors may not be scrupulous about reporting used or borrowed items to you, and you don't want to find out you're missing an item when you need it most.
Here is a list of critical medical supplies and other suggestions for items that you might want to include in your equine medical kit. Consider printing these lists for storage inside your kit to serve as an inventory checklist. The chart of equine vital sign ranges that follows the lists may be helpful for you to keep there as well. A colorful, durable Equine Vitals Barn/Stable Sign suitable for posting in your facility is also available.
Essential Medical Supplies
Additional Medical Supplies
Hoof Abscess Supplies
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