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Float First Aid Kit

It's happened to all of us - work horse, clean horse, prepare for show - arrive at show - horse slips on ramp and wounds leg/s. Or horse hits a showjump or cross country jump. Or ... you name ... they will do it! So - as we can't wrap them up in cotton wool - we can, at least, be prepared with a Float First Aid Kit.

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Float First Aid Kit $66:00 plus postage in Australia

  • Betadine 200 ml - dilute 1:10 with water to wash wounds with wads of cotton wool.
  • Cotton wool roll 375 gm
  • TWO leg bandage packs ready made- essential for immediate First Aid of leg injury

- sterile pad - gamgee padding cut to size - 7.5 cm crepe - 7.5 cm elastoplast.

  • Animalintex - poultice hot for stone bruises or cold for acute swellings.
  • Extra : Elastoplast x 2 Vetwrap x 1
  • Scissors & gloves
  • Eye wash kit - sterile saline vials x 2 with sterile gauze - essential for acutely swollen eyes.
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First Aid procedure for leg injury:

1. Ensure horse is restrained properly, remove saddles, put on gloves.

2. Wash wounds with diluted Betadine and wads of cotton wool. Be sure to not allow wisps of cotton wool to be left in wound.

3. Dry leg around wound with clean towel.

4. Place sterile pad over wound - if there is a skin flap - gently place the flap into its near-normal position.(YES YOU CAN DO IT!!)

5. Wrap precut gamgee padding over wound and around leg, ensure padding goes from joint to joint e.g. from fetlock to knee.

6. Wrap crepe bandage over padding from joint to joint, firm but not tight.

7. Cover crepe and padding with elastoplast in a criss cross pattern starting from the lowest part of the limb and working up e.g from fetlock to knee. Wrap around onto skin to help keep bandage in place.

8. Allow horse a small drink and transport to vet if necessary. DO NOT allow horse to eat in float.

First Aid for acute Eye Injury

Many of us have also had this happen - go out to horse and its got an acutely swollen eye - eye clamped shut, lots of tears running down the face, perhaps a red eye! Having the right gear on hand will also help you treat this serious situation quickly!

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1. Restrain the horse - competent handler and a twitch. A horse with a sore eye is even more dangerous than a horse without a sore eye. You MUST have appropriate restraint to allow a quick, thorough exam and treatment.

2. Open the sterile saline vial or have a syringe ready with clean water. Open the eyelids apart (this can be difficult) and examine for a foreign body.

3. Flush the eye with the saline. Chaff is very common foreign body found, grass seeds can be very very painful.

4. Gently try to wipe out any foreign material with the dampened swabs. Moistened cotton buds can also be used.

5. If you have managed to remove a foreign body and flush the eye your horse should be a whole lot more comfortable - and be very grateful! A vet exam should still occur asap as damage to the eye needs to be checked and inflammation and pain treated.

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Twitch - essential equipment to allow good control. If you dont know how to use one - call in and we will show you!

Joan Deetman 2013