Just as it says really - am putting together a first aid kit, I have two horses at home, so have nobody else I can borrow things from. Just want to know what people think is actually useful - so any suggestions gratefully received!
A thermometre, poultice material (animalintex), vetwrap, duct tape, cotton wool, hibiscrub, possibly swabs, something clean to make up hibiscrub in, possibly some salt, latex gloves, sudocreme, aloe vera gel, scissors. A piece of paper with usual horse parametres (e.g. normal temp, resp rate etc.) vets number, farriers number
In an ideal world some trimmers, possibly a hoof boot, soffban and stretchy bandage, a twitch can be very handy.
I would put in some of this new stuff called Leucillin - it is absolutely brilliant - I use it on Mud Fever on one horse with great results and on a cut on another, healing time was much quicker with this spray - really inexpensive to buy!
Think about the common problems you may encounter and can be dealt with by yourself without needing the vet straight away....
Lacerations, abrasions, puncture wounds, hoof abscesses, thrush, mud fever, sun burn (if horse has any pink skin).
It's rare to find a wound on a horse immediately - we usually discover them a few hours later and by the nature of how they live, any wound on a horse will already be 'dirty', inflammed and contaminated by bacteria.
As such, a sterile field is pointless and common tap water is fine to clean wounds with initially.
Then it's a case of using an anti bacterial and anti fungal treatment that doesn't harm live tissue and then trying to keep the wound away from dirt while a scab forms to protect it.