1. Information

  • Insurance information if the horse is insured
  • Microchip number or other type of permanent identification for the horse
  • Copy of your ownership papers/registration papers
  • Medical information or list of medications your horse is currently taking

2. Phone numbers

  • Name of owner or alternative caregiver for the horse and good phone numbers to call. 
  • Name and phone number of Veterinarian
  • Name and phone number of Farrier
  • Name and phone number of insurance company
  • Name and phone number of Primary and/or Secondary hauler

3. Bandage Materials

  • Roll cotton or sheet cotton for making bandages or cleaning wounds
  • Brown gauze or Kling roll
  • Vet wrap
  • Elasticon
  • Duct Tape

4. Splint Material

  • ½ PVC pipe cut in half long ways to make a splint
  • Board or 2X4 cut in different lengths
  • Smaller horses can use different materials found around the barn
  • Sweat scrapers
  • Broom handles cut to size

5. Cleansing supplies

  • Betadine or Chlorhexidine Solution
  • Betadine or Chlorhexidine Scrub
  • Cup or container for mixing substances

6. Medications

  • Phenylbutazone (Bute) – Paste
  • Flunixin Melamine (Banamine) – Paste
  • Sedation
  •  Acepromazine – can be given IM, Oral or IV
  •  Dormosedan Gel – potent sedative given under the tongue

7. Miscellaneous Supplies

  • Clippers (cordless)
  • Stethoscope
  • Thermometer
  •  Clean empty cup or container
  • Pocket Knife and/or Scissors
  • Flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries
  • Ice pack (instant packs that activate)
  • Latex Gloves
  • Saline Solution
  • Small towels

8. For Trail Rides

  • Easy Boot
  • Shoe Pullers
  • Hoof Pick
  • First Aide Kit
  • Red Ribbons for tails on horses that kick

While this list may not include everything you might need during an emergency – it should cover the basics.  

A tackle box works well to store your items.

You will want to check these items at least every 6 months and make sure the medications have not expired, and your phone numbers and information are up to date and correct.

Sylvia Ouellette, DVM DABVP (Equine)