Health

Horse Wound Care Tips

Horse health tip: Staying prepared and being aware of your horse’s well-being is a sure way to keep them healthy and happy.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam

You or your vet should take action when your American Quarter Horse encounters an injury. Gabe Trevizo illustration

Tip No. 1: Be Prepared

Cuts and wounds are inevitably going to happen to your horse. Are you prepared? Wounds require immediate attention and first-aid treatment, and serious wounds should be treated by a veterinarian.

Every horse should have an annual physical exam, and this is the ideal time to ask your veterinarian about how to handle emergency wound care.

A good veterinarian will want you to ask questions and be happy to answer them.

Bring up potential problems and get his/her advice on what to do, for example, how to stop bleeding and how to bandage a wound. That way, if the situation ever arises, you’ll be prepared, and preparation helps prevent panic.

Sometimes there is nothing we can do to prevent our horses from injuring themselves. But we can be prepared to treat them when it does happen. With AQHA’s FREE Horse Wound Care report, you will be able to properly care for your horse in the event of an injury.

Tip No. 2: Signs of Shock                                                                          

A horse in shock requires immediate veterinary attention. The following signs indicate a horse is going into – or is already in – shock:

  • Horse may be acting “spacey,” weak and/or wobbly
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Weak pulse
  • Gums are dramatically pale and tacky
  • When thumb is pressed against gums, they don’t “pink up” for three seconds or longer, or at all
  • Ears and lower legs are ice cold to the touch

Educate yourself on when it is imperative that you contact the vet and when you can take care of the injury at home. Download AQHA’s FREE Horse Wound Care report today!

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