Horse First Aid Kit Essentials

Hi, welcome to Horse First Aid Kit Essentials.
In my opinion, everyone that has horses should have their first aid kit in their barn.

What should you have in your first aid kit for your horse?
It is your preference.

     The 17 items I have listed below is my personal preference so you can put in what you would like to have for your horse first aid kit essentials.

  • *bute*
  • syringe (for bute)
  • vetericyn wound spray/antibacterial wound ointment
  • mild antibacterial soap
  • water
  • Thrush treatment
  • eye ointment
  • polo/leg wraps
  • bandage wrap
  • gauze pads
  • bandage scissors
  • rubber gloves
  • thermometer
  • cold packs
  • small clean bucket
  • weight tape
  • flashlight/batteries

Definition of the 17 items above

Bute  (phenylbutazone):

Bute is a medicine used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation in horses. Like aspirin for humans.
I have this starred in the list above for the reason that you can not buy it in stores; you can only get it through a veterinarian.

Bute is good to have on hand because if you can administer it yourself for a minor situation, you could save the cost of a vet bill.


You want to keep a syringe (or multiple) If you are able to administer bute or other medications orally.

Vetericyn wound spray/antibacterial wound ointment:

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Wound ointments are for minor cuts and sores. There are many antibacterial ointments for wounds on the market. I specifically have vetericyn wound spray in the title because I highly recommend it. Vetericyn is non-toxic and can be for a variety of things such as cuts, sores or skin irritations.

Mild antibacterial soap:

Recommend liquid soap such as Dawn dish soap or dial. Soap is used to wash and clean cuts or wounds.


You may not always be able to keep sterile water around. It is good to have a couple of water bottles in your kit or even have an unopened gallon jug water in the barn to have sterile water to clean cuts or wounds.

Thrush treatment: (hoof treatment)

Thrush is non-life-threatening and is not an emergency, but is always good to keep in the emergency horse kit to treat thrush.

horse kitEye ointment:

Most of the time treating for an eye problem is not an emergency. Eye ointments are still good to have in your kit because your horse may on occasion get a superficial eye infection or inflammation problems. Terramycin (terramycin ophthalmic ointment).

Polo/leg wraps:

Leg wraps are used to wrap a horses leg when injured and also adds extra support.

Bandage wrap:

Used to wrap legs when injured. Bandage wraps (also called vet rap) is a stretchy, self-adherent tape that goes over the top of a wound dressing, such as gauze, for protection and support.

Gauze pads:

The dressing to put over a cut or wound.

Bandage scissors:

Used to cut bandages or vet wrap.

Rubber gloves:

Good to have to protect your hands and to keep your supplies sterile.


Always keep a thermometer in your horse kit to be able to check your horse’s temperature in case of illness. if you are unsure of what the normal temperature is for a horse, check out my horse vitals signs page. Also, you may want to keep petroleum jelly along with the thermometer to use to be able to insert into the rectum easier.

Cold packs:

Good to have for reducing swelling in injuries or sprains.

Small clean bucket:

Keep a small clean bucket around to use for water when you need to clean a cut or wound.

Weight tape:

used to get the accurate weight of your horse for medications.


Keep a flashlight in your kit in case you have an emergency at night. Also, it is a good idea to periodically change out your old batteries with new ones and keep extra batteries in your kit.

All the best to you! Leave a comment or suggestions. Michelle

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