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Before the Vet Arrives
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Before the Vet Arrives

The Pony Bloggers (Gucci, Sweetsie & Leggs) are going to offer some great tips for our “Of Horse,” audience. There are times unfortunate things happen to horses that require a veterinarian. The Pony Bloggers want you to know what to do before you make that call.

Know your horse’s vital signs. The temperature, pulse rate and capillary refill time helps the veterinarian determine how serious the situation is. Know when they last passed manure, are they eating and drinking normally. Have they had any medication and when was the horse last “normal”.

Let the veterinarian know if there was a change in feed, routine, any recent illnesses, new medications, etc. Once call is placed please stay with your phone in case the veterinarian or office needs to reach you while in transit.

If the situation calls for emergency transport be sure to let the equine hospital know when you are in transit and please call again when you are within 30 minutes of their location so the staff is in place by time of arrival. If plans change be sure to let them know.

The Pony Bloggers have included some tips for common situations and what you can do to help before your vet arrives.

1. A cut that is bleeding-Apply a sterile bandage to control blood loss. Do not put any ointments or hydrogen peroxide on the wound.

2. Colic-Walk the horse in a large safe area. Be sure to clear away any debris. Remove buckets, hay and grain from stall.

3. Nail in the foot-DO NOT REMOVE THE NAIL. The veterinarian will need to x-ray the hoof to determine if the nail penetrated any structures. Keep the horse as quiet as possible.

4. Eye Injury-Carefully rinse the eye with clear water or saline eyewash. Do not put any ointment or medication in the eye before the veterinarian checks it.

One of the most important ways to help your horse and the veterinarian is to remain calm. Be prepared and be sure barn personnel know what to do in case of an emergency situation. Always keep contact information on your horse’s stall door.  

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  1. Cowgirl
    Thanks again Pony Bloggers! I am going to use this as an outline for my 4-H kids!
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  2. tiger6xray
    Great pointers-Have to say I am a big fan of your posts!
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  3. Tara
    I love this post! Wonderful advice and so important to be prepared!
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