Coping With Equine Emergencies
Small wounds, cuts and grazes are common minor injuries among horses. However, if you are in the unfortunate position of having a seriously injured horse, knowing how to approach the problem and administer first aid can help the long-term outcome.
What to do in an emergency
Rule number one when dealing with an injured horse is: Never put yourself in harm's way. Pain can cause an injured horse to act out of character. It's advisable to seek assistance when treating an injured horse, even if all you need is someone to stand by and be on watch.
Generally, when relevant, initial treatment will involve stemming the bleeding, cleaning the wound site and discussing the subsequent treatment with the vet. Options can include stitching, skin grafts, possibly even second intention healing where the wound is left open or packed with gel (note that your vet's choice of treatment will depend upon the injury’s type, cause and location). By following our tips on coping in an emergency you can put your horse and vet in the best position to secure a quick and full recovery.
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