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First Aid


  • Horses playing and fighting may lead to sprains and strains.

    First Aid for Sprains and Strains in Horses

    When a horse has a strain or a sprain, managing pain can help the horse heal without undue pain and stress.

  • A Connemara pony - A breed susceptible to tying-up.

    First Aid for the Uncomfortable Horse: Is it Colic or Tying Up?

    A horse showing sudden signs of discomfort may need veterinary attention: First, however, you need to determine whether the horse is suffering from colic or muscle pain due to muscle cramps.

  • Don't you dare eat that!

    What's the poop about dogs eating horse poop?

    Size does matter when a dogs eats horse poop containing ivermectin, depending on the toxicity level and the size and genetic susceptibility of the dog.

  • Rio's hoof with a quarter crack

    Rio's Quarter Crack: A Case Study

    Follow the story of Rio's quarter crack from the time he is a weanling through appointments at Butler's Farrier School as the quarter crack is stabilized, fitted with proper shoes,allowing Rio to perform his job as a working cow horse.

  • When a horse is bleeding profusely, apply pressure either with your hand or a piece of material to stop and contain the bleeding.

    First Aid in Treating Equine Injuries

    Learn the three rules for treating equine injuries and how to treat the most common wounds and fractures.

  • A simple method to get your horse's heart rate is to listen with a stethoscope

    Four Ways to Take Your Horse's Pulse

    Finding a horse's pulse and determining the heart rate can be difficult, even for professionals. Read about the four ways you can determine your horse's heart rate and how to tell if it is normal.

  • Owner cleaning out and picking horse's hoof

    How to Pick your Horse's Feet

    Picking your horse's feet is a basic general care activity that will reduce the chances of lameness due to hoof disease. This easy and traditional activity should be mastered by all horse owners.

  • Horse's leg with standing wrap to protect bandage.

    Applying a Standing Wrap for Bandage Support

    The standing wrap is the most basic bandage used on a horse, and one that every horseman should know how to do properly because it protects the horse's legs, tendons, and ligaments, while the horse is in a stall or during transport.

  • Owner holding head of horse with severe laceration on side of head.

    Take the Trauma Out of 5 Horse Health Emergencies

    Colic, acute lameness, traumatic injury accompanied by severe bleeding, shock, and choke are emergencies for which all horse owners need to be prepared.

  • Trail rider on a snowy winter trail near an icy river

    Trail Riders: First Aid in your Saddlebags

    It is much easier to be prepared and not need a first aid kit, than to hit the trail and then, find that you are not prepared for those emergencies that will happen.