What's in Your Tack Trunk? First Aid Edition

Every responsible horse owner needs a basic first aid kit handy for our horses that should really live in bubble wrap and padded stalls, i.e. every horse ever. Space to store things can be pretty limited depending on what else is in already in your trunk & how large your trunk is, so what items do you REALLY need? I could fit a dead body in my trunk, so I will list the necessities, and the nice extras if you have the room like I do! Included are links to various products I have used in the past.

The Essentials

  • Topical wound gel or cream

  • Betadine/Chlorohexidine scrub (to clean and sterilize)

  • Topical wound gel/cream

  • Normal Saline (for rinsing wounds & eyes)

  • Couple rolls of vet wrap

  • Gauze

  • Non-adherent bandage (telfa)

  • Elastikon (a very sticky tape)

  • Cotton Roll/sheet padding (also called Gamgee)

  • Thermometer

  • Stethoscope

  • Tourniquet (to temporarily slow bleeding to an extremity wound)

Recommended Extras

  • Box of gloves (you can put a few in a Ziploc bag to save space)

  • A pair or 2 of sterile gloves is nice too

  • Duct tape (great when used in combination with a diaper for a hoof bandage)

  • Hemostats and forceps

  • Scissors (for cutting bandage material)

  • Wire cutters (in case you horse gets caught in a wire fence

  • Knife (to cut a lead rope etc in an emergency situation)

  • Instant cold pack

  • Clean bucket

  • Clean towels

  • Twitch

  • Electrolyte paste

  • Bute paste

  • Needles and syringes if you have medications such as Ace, Banamine, Gentamycin etc.

  • Silver spray

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Diapers (for packing feet)

Download our Amateur Hour tack trunk first aid checklist for easy shopping the next time you stop by your local tack store!