Common Emergencies Involving Horses

Read pages 20-52  in your reference guide.

An emergency can be anything from a small wound to something as urgent as an animal that is in a life threatening state. This section will cover a number of common medical emergencies that can occur with horses and what type of first aid you can administer to the animal.

Remember the primary rules of equine first aid:

  • Keep calm. Proceed in a slow, calm manner so as not to panic anyone else or the horse
  • Assess the horse‚Äôs attitude- see if you can safely approach and work on the horse
  • Soothe the animal. Get the horse to quiet, familiar surroundings;always moving quietly and slowly
  • Assess the injury
  • Seek veterinary advice