Expect the best, plan for the worst!

Sitting with my coffee on a rainy Sunday, I’m dreaming of my next adventure.  I’m wondering if my partner in adventure, Tim the Mustang, who is spending his weekend in a stall, is perhaps thinking about the same thing?

What he doesn’t know is there are only 5 more sleeps to the final Getaway Horseplay Obstacle Challenge weekend in Novato, CA!

Getting ready for the next adventure, I’m sitting here running a little checklist through my mind of  what I’ll need to pack. Last spring I had quickly put together a few things for a first aid kit for Tim, but I’m realizing I want to refine and organize a proper kit for myself.  I came across a list from Equispirit Trailer Company, and began to put together my own travel first aid kit.


This is what I found:

I’m storing my first aid supplies in a 10 pound bucket with a water proof lid to keep the contents dry.  The bucket can be used to carry water, or soak a foot, etc.  It’s easy to label, and easy to find (hopefully).

At a bare minimum, my kit will include:

  1. Non-Stick Telfa Pads
  2. Exam Gloves
  3. Tongue Depressors
  4. Breaking Ice Pack
  5. Pen Light
  6. Gauze Squares
  7. Adhesive Tape
  8. Cohesive Flexible Bandage – 4″ (Vetrap or Co-flex)
  9. Thermometer
  10. Sticky Roll Bandage
  11. Bandage Scissors
  12. Antiseptic Soap
  13. Triple Antibiotic Ointment
  14. WATER – 10 gallons or more

I may add some of these items:

  1. Roll Gauze – 4 rolls ( 4″ or 6″)
  2. Roll Cotton- 2 rolls
  3. Clean Standing Bandage – 2 quilt or fleece with outer wraps
  4. Stethoscope
  5. Mosquito Forceps
  6. Twitch
  7. Hydrogen Peroxide
  8. Antibacterial Spray Powder – Furox Spray
  9. Ophthalmic Ointment
  10. Saline Eye Wash – Without cortizone or steriods
  11. Butazolidin (bute)
  12. Banamine (granules or paste)
  13. Knife or utility tool

I’m going to keeping a list of normal vital signs for Tim handy in my trailer:

  • Temperature:  The normal temperature of a horse can range from 99.5 degrees to 101.5 degrees, with an average of 100 degrees. A fever is classified as mild at 102 degrees and excessive at 106 degrees.
  • Respiratory Rate:  An adult horse at rest should have a breathing rate ranging from 8 to 16 breaths per minute.
  • Pulse:  A horse’s normal pulse rate averages 35 beats per minute. Lower rates are normal for larger, older horses at rest. Younger, smaller horses have a higher pulse rate. A yearling has a normal rate of 40 to 58 beats per minute.
  • Capillary Refill Time (CRT):  It should take 1 to 2 seconds for the membrane to return to the color of the surrounding area. If it takes longer than 1 to 2 seconds, your horse’s circulation is poor, or it may be in shock.

I’m also going to include a Contact List posted in my trailer:

  1. My Name
  2. My horse’s name
  3. Where my horse is stabled
  4. My Veterinarian’s name and phone number
  5. Emergency contact name and number

Getaway Horseplay First Aid Kit

I’ve taken the liberty to put together a starter kit for your first aid kit, if you don’t already have one.  Stored in a clearly labeled 10 pound bucket, containing the bare minimum supplies you should start your kit with.

Please contact me if you’re interested in purchasing a Getaway Horseplay First Aid Kit for $40 + tax.

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See you on the road!  Sarah & Tim