First Aid for Your Equine Athlete

By Susan Aiello • Published: October 1st, 2011
Category: Animal Airwaves

Horses are powerful, majestic … and accident prone. It’s only a matter of time before your noble beauty has a minor cut or scrape that needs tending. So it’s a good idea to know what to do before the need arises.

The first step in first aid is to flush the wound with water or a saline solution made from two tablespoons of salt in a gallon of distilled water. Bandaging is often unnecessary for small wounds, although dressings are useful for leg wounds or to keep antibacterial ointment in place.

Call your vet for larger wounds or for any injury involving a joint or the lower leg where tendons cross snugly between skin and bone. And remember that small wounds can go undetected, so it’s important to keep your steed’s tetanus shots up to date.

So when your equine companion needs first aid, use your best horse sense to do the job right.