SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FROM FLEETCARE
Pack a comprehensive First Aid Kit for both the people and the horses. Think about the things that you particularly use, along with the stock standard items. A squirt of iodine spray at the time of a nick can sometimes prevent a potentially nasty wound from becoming infected and needing veterinary treatment at a later stage. Deep cuts can usually be kept ‘stitch able’ if a poultice is applied immediately as this first aid treatment will assist in the control of swelling and keep the wound site clean and protected. Be sure to carry a thermometer so that you can check to see if your horse has a temperature soon after you arrive, as this is a very important first sign of travel sickness.
HORSE FIRST AID KIT SHOULD CONTAIN:
Elastoplasts bandages (or Vet wrap)
Gauze covered cotton wool
Wash cloth, towel
Thermometer (to identify infection - an early sign for travel sickness)
Clean bottle, sterile water
SPARE HALTER AND LEAD ROPE
Nothing is worse than getting to your destination and having your horse take fright and break its halter or lead rope, or you had not noticed signs of wear and tear. It does not take much to put a spare in the float, and it is surprising how often you’ll have use them.
YOU’RE HORSE’S WEIGHT
Something that might come in handy is this calculation
You may need to know how much your horse weighs. Here is a rough calculation
Girth in cm, squared x length in cm, divided by 8717 = weight in Kilograms.