How To Stable Pharmacy for Horses


Every stable should have a stable pharmacy for emergencies. Harmless injuries to horses such as scrapes or bites can easily be treated yourself with the right equipment. In this article, we explain why it is worth having a stable pharmacy and what should not be missing from it.



Why is a stable pharmacy useful and important?


Not every horse wound needs to be treated by a veterinarian. Small injuries, such as quirks and bite wounds , can be treated quickly and easily with the help of a stable pharmacy. This is necessary so that the initially harmless injuries do not later develop into a larger problem. However, the stable pharmacy should only be used for minor injuries; a veterinarian should always be called for larger injuries.



What is the best way to organize my stable pharmacy?


A stable pharmacy should always be ready to hand and organized . Cupboards are suitable for this, but also suitcases, for example, which are always placed in the same place. It is important that medicines should never be left open in the stable, otherwise there is a risk that horses will use them and poison themselves. Instead, they should always be properly sealed, put away, and checked regularly for expiration dates. When medicines are older, they can lose their effectiveness over time and become dangerous for humans and animals. Furthermore, it should be ensured that important utensils in the stable pharmacy are refilled again and again so that first aid can be provided quickly in an emergency.



Overview of the utensils


A horse owner should have the following to hand in case of emergencies, but also in everyday life:


·       clinical thermometer

·       Sterile wound compresses

·       Self-adhesive bandage

·       a big towel

·       elastic blanket strap

·       Gauze bandages, elastic bandages

·       insulating tape for medical purposes

·       permitted disinfectants (iodine etc.)

·       Wound ointment (zinc ointment),

·       wound spray

·       hoof knife

·       hoof tongs

·       emergency fitting tool

·       tweezers

·       scissors

·       tick tongs

·       Bach flower emergency drops for shock

·       Halter, lead rope, tie-off device

·       Homeopathic globules Arnica D6

·       Flashlight

·       nose brake

·       cooling elements.


Of course, your vet should be consulted in good time if your horse is ill or injured. In emergencies, just like with people, a few minutes usually count. The contact details of your veterinarian should therefore always be readily available in such cases. Also write your name and telephone number on your pit sign. So they are always at hand.

Also talk to the barn operator in advance about what to do in an emergency . There can always be situations in which you cannot be reached, but in which quick action is essential. So clarify in advance whether the veterinarian can be called in an emergency and whether (on his recommendation) emergency operations or even euthanasia can be carried out.

In order to be able to provide first aid in the event of acute injuries, a 'stable pharmacy' should be put together with the veterinarian in advance, which contains a basic stock of cooling, antibacterial and covering ointments, disinfectants and bandages .


How often does the stable pharmacy need to be checked?


Medication, in particular, should be checked regularly . When a package is opened, the date should be noted to avoid use beyond the expiry date. Basically, you should check your medicine chest about twice a year for expiry dates. Other utensils should be replaced immediately when they are completely used up.

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