Emergency Kit

Emergencies can happen at any time, here are some of the things you should have on hand.  Keep these items in a container with both your name and horses information, clearly marked on it.  You should also have a small human first aid kit, and consider bringing a small trail kit when you are out ridding away from the barn.


  • Laminated card with owners contact information, primary veterinarian contact information, as well as additional veterinary/hospital contact information in case of emergency.
    Small notebook and pen for taking down information and instructions.


  • Digital Thermometer
  • Latex gloves
  • A pair of bandage scissor
  • Another pair of small sharp scissors
  • Pair of nail clippers, for suture removal
  • Tweezers
  • Hoof pick
  • Duct Tape
  • Flash light
  • A stethoscope


  • Self-sticking bandages such as Vetwrap
  • Medical adhesive tape/ Elasticon
  • Gauze Squares:  3 x 3inches, 5 x 5 inches, and or Maxi pads
  • Gauze roll 4 inch
  • Instant cold pack
  • Polo wrap and quilted cotton wrap
  • A roll of sterile cotton


  • Vaseline for the thermometer
  • Pre-moistened alcohol swabs
  • A bottle of rubbing alcohol
  • Epsom Salts (magnesesium sulfate)
  • A poultice such as Animalintex or Magnapaste
  • Neosporin
  • Alluspray
  • An antiseptic scrub such a Betadine (proidone-iodine) or Nolvasan (chlorhexidine)
  • Bottle of saline solution


  • Bute
  • Banamine Paste
  • Neo-poly-bac eye ointment

Normal Vitals for the Adult Horse:

  •  Temperature:  98.0-100.8 F
  • Heart Rate:  28-44 beats per minute
  • Respiratory Rate:  12-18 breaths per minute
Last Modified on March 15, 2019
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  1. Jennifer Porter

    What a great list! I will check it against what I have at the tack room!

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