Rule #1: STAY SAFE!!
- Horses can be very dangerous when injured or panicked
- You cannot help your horse if you are injured
- The most important thing is your SAFETY and the safety of those around you
If you are the owner of a horse, it will not be a matter of if you will have an emergency but when you have one and what it is. It does not matter how organized you are or how clean your farm is. I think horses look for a way to hurt themselves. The following is a list of things that will help you be prepared when your emergency occurs:
- Foaling Difficulty
- Acute Lameness
- Ocular Trauma
As a horse owner, you must know how to recognize serious problems, respond promptly and take appropriate action while waiting for the vet to arrive.
Are they prone to accidents?
- Bite wounds
Is safe to approach the horse? If so:
- Catch and calm the horse
- If possible, take the horse to a safe place such as a stall or paddock
- Get someone to help you
Phone numbers you need to have available?
- A friend or neighbor who can assist you in an emergency
- Your veterinarian, including how to reach after hours
- Your insurance company
- If you do not own a trailer, make arrangements in advance for transportation in case of an emergency
- Know how to hitch up, road worthy
- Make sure your horse is well accustomed to loading and riding
- Keep a well maintained First-Aid Kit in the truck or trailer
It always helps to have assistance in times of an emergency
Be sure to prepare and practice your plans.
This will help you act calmly and efficiently during times of an emergency.