A soft-sided bag will work best for transporting purposes. This can go right into a saddlebag or around your saddle horn. All the items contained in this bag will be no bigger than a loaf of bread.
Stethoscope – Thiscan be used to check vital signs on your horse such a gut sounds.
Banamine –Banamine is ALWAYS helpful to have while traveling. This will help keep down inflammation and can also help colic symptoms.
Wraps – A cling type wrap such asVetrap can be used for bandaging and joint support.
First aid pouch – A first aid pouch can be purchased at any local convenience store. It will contain gauze pads, bandages, aspirin, safety pins, etc.
Hand sanitizer – This can be used to help prevent infection when treating wounds.
Contact lens solution – Solution will flush your eyes of debris.
Latex gloves – Gloves will protect your hands while treating wounds.
Water bottle – You can use this for hydration, cooling, or even flushing a wound.
Flashlight - Provide yourself with some light if you are stuck riding after dark.
Duct tape – Surprisingly, this can be helpful for both horse and rider. This can be used for emergency tack repairs or even protect a hoof due to a lost shoe.
Antibiotic ointment – This first aid cream can be used to help dress wounds while keeping them clean.
Most of the contents of your emergency trail bag are smaller and can be compacted. Pack this bag just like your saddle or bridle and you won’t regret it!
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No matter a horses’ age or experience, groundwork can increase respect, connection, and safety for both horse and rider.