Keep a first-aid kit for your horse in your tack room. You can use a lunch pail or fishing tackle box to hold everything, and you should keep a smaller version in your saddlebag if you take your horse on trail rides. The following are the necessities of a basic first-aid kit for your horse; you can easily compile this yourself.

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Antiseptic cleanser

  • Bandages

  • Cotton sheets or quilted wraps

  • Duct tape

  • Flexible bandages

  • Gauze pads

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Lubricant

  • Pocket knife

  • Rectal thermometer

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Scissors

  • Tweezers

  • Wound medication