First Aid

Plan ahead. Stay calm. Stay safe! Getting help ahead of time from your veterinarian to develop a plan-of-action should an emergency arise will better prepare you to deal with it. Remember that the horse is driven by a strong fight or flight reflex and help should only be provided if and when it is safe for you to do so. In this section, you will find some fundamental information on first aid as it relates to the equine patient, including tips on treating and preventing wounds and injuries, as well as information on how to recognize an emergency, especially one that requires veterinary intervention.