BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST
- Keep veterinarian’s phone number handy and written down by all phones. Be sure to include a card on all stall doors.
- Be prepared to give temperature and other vital signs when calling for help.
- Have access to a trailer or the phone number of a person who does. Be sure all horses can load easily into a trailer.
- Have driving directions to veterinary hospital.
- Have several friends/volunteers who you can enlist to help. Have those phone numbers handy.
- First aid kit (also kits for trailer when traveling.)
- Practice taking vital signs and have something to record them on.
NORMAL VITAL SIGNS
|Pulse: 28-44 beats/minute||Respiration: 12-20 breaths/minute|
|Temperature: 99.5 – 101.5 °F||Mucous membranes/gums: moist and pink|
|Capillary refill time (CRT): 2 seconds or less (press on gum, then count seconds for color to return.)|
FIRST AID KIT