First Aid Safety Tips for Equestrian Centres

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Trainers, riders and owners, or more generally, anyone who has anything to do with horses for many hours a day needs to know which first-aid materials should not be missing from the medical cabinet. 
At an equestrian center it is not always possible to rely on immediate veterinary attention, it is therefore necessary to be able to address the need for immediate action with the right equipment and preparation; the veterinarian may indicate – via telephone – the procedure to be performed to treat the injury but the material necessary for first aid must already be present on site: 
– Betadine, iodine, hibitane or a similar solution to clean cuts and wounds before bandaging. 
– Gauzes of different size and thickness, to be able to use also to stem heavy bleeding. 
– Hemostatic bandages 
– Non-adhesive Bandages 
– Water resistant bandage spray 
– Magnesium sulfate, otherwise known as Epsom salts, also useful to treat infections in humans: magnesium sulfate should not be administered orally but used as a classic bath salts to purify the skin and reduce infection. 
– Medical Insoles for horseshoes (Poultice pads) 
– Hoof pick 
– Medical Scissors 
– Adhesive tape to secure medical bandages 
– Thermometer 
– Latex Gloves 
– Towels or scraps of clean cloth 
– Easy access to a source of clean water

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