I recently purchased a used trailer, and am very excited to have my own way of getting my horse around to shows and clinics. In the past I have usually hitched rides with other horse friends or borrowed trailers. While I am eternally grateful for my friends' generosity in carting my horse and me around, it's also stressful because I'm not in control. Like, for example, of how that trailer is serviced and maintained. So if the tires are old and cracking and there isn't a spare in the tackroom...well, best of luck! And I was always nervous that my horse would kick at the wall and leave a dent in someone's rig. Because he's a jerk like that. Now he'll be denting my rig! Yay...
Part of having a safe and well-maintained trailer is equipping it with an equine first-aid kit that will stay in the trailer and go everywhere with you. This is different from the kit that stays in the barn all the time–you want two separate kits because you never want to be caught in an emergency searching for a kit.
I didn't want to miss something important so I asked my friend Julie if she had a method or a list of items for a first-aid kit and, being the awesome Pony Club alumni and leader that she is, she of course did (PC teaches their members how to do basic equine first-aid care and also how to assemble and maintain a proper kit. Every spring Julie's club goes through her kits(s), checking expiration dates on meds and making a list of items that need restocking or replacing) and was kind enough to share it with me. Here's another great article on the subject as well.
It's a long list, but thankfully most of the stuff can be found at any pharmacy/Walgreens. The medicines need to be purchased from the veterinarian, though. I'm glad I thought of this ahead of time, because we still have a month before the first show to gather all these items.
Traveling Equine First-Aid Kit
You, your horse and your vet's name and contact info written in permanent marker on inside of lid
different size syringes and needles to correspond with use (a lot of syringes are just to irrigate wounds or give medicine)
Betadine scrub and/or Nolvasan scrub
plenty of gauze pads
Nolvasan ointment and/or Young Living Animal Ointment
Swat (keeps flies out of wounds)
headlamp/flashlight (check batteries)
An easily-accessible and well-sealing container (Rubbermaid) with FIRST AID (EQUINE) written large on the top is how I am going to keep these things organized and safe in the trailer.
Thanks Julie! And now hopefully we'll never have to use any of it. Here's to a safe and fun show season ahead...