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’s 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