RBEI MASTER COURSES: EQUINE MANAGEMENT:
FIRST AID & MEDICAL CARE 4
SELF MANAGEMENT & REQUIRING A VET
You should VERY rarely need to call a vet as a horse owner. Most things you should be able to treat and manage yourself. If you can't, you need to learn to (horses don't always choose to only injure themselves or get sick during vet business hours ;)
Below is a list of common injuries and ailments common in horses which you should be able manage yourself as an effective horse owner.
Stone bruises / Abcesses
Sprains & knocks
Coughs & colds
Minor eye injuries
Emergency hoof trimming
Minor Teeth maintenance
Qld / Sweet Itch
It is advisable however to have some vet prescribed products on hand at all times in case of emergencies and for this you will need to have a vet attend for you at least once. Then they can prescribe them for you as a horse owner.
WHAT TO STOCK UP FROM FROM YOUR VET
Bute (pain-killer): (Accidents or colic often need pain killers urgently, the tub of green paste applied via syringe in the mouth is best).
Penicillin: As a horse owner there are so many applications for Penicillin and instances where it must be administered urgently (we will cover how to give injections, and you must not attempt to do so until you have learnt how to do so safely).
Colic Anti-Inflammatory Medicine (for instances of serious colic).
Syringes for oral and injection applications.
Needles for both intravenous and intramuscular applications.
These days many vets have adopted a Hendra Vaccination protocol, where they refuse to attend to your horse if your horse is not Hendra vaccinated, saying it is because of the risk of catching Hendra, yet will attend if you allow them to vaccinate your horse during the visit which is contradictive, knowing they could be at risk of contracting Hendra despite administering the Hendra vaccine after initial contact.
The Hendra vaccine as it currently stands, however has caused horse deaths, colic, sickness, infertility etc. Until it has been re-developed to be less risky I do not advise getting this vaccine for your horse.
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