Horse Vital Signs
Temp ~ 99 - 101.5 F
Respirations ~ 10 - 24 Breaths per Minute
Pulse ~ 24 - 44 Beats per Minute
Capillary Refill Time ~ 2 Seconds (press the gums of a horse, pinch a humans finger nail)
Dehydration test ~ Pinch the loose skin on the neck of a horse - should go back to normal in 2 sec. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Some items may include for a First Aide Kit:
~A rectal thermometer with a string on it (don't want it to get lost!)
~ Water base lubricant for the thermometer
~ Vet Wrap
~ 1-2 large towels
~ Hydrogen Peroxide
~ Saline Solution
~ Rubbing Alcohol
~ Antibiotic Wound Ointment
~ Disposable Diapers or wrapped sanitary napkins (to Stop Bleeding)
~ Rolled Gauze
~ Sterile non stick gauze pads
~ Cotton Roll
~ Feminine napkin
~ Bandage scissors
~ Padded Standing Wraps
~ Polo Wraps
~ Duct Tape
~ Cotton Swabs
~ Epson Salt
~ Syringes for flushing wounds (w/o needles)
~ Latex Gloves
~ Wire Cutters
~ Pocket Knife
~ Twitch (don't have one, make one with a old horse shoe & baler twine!)
~ Ice Pack
~ Electrolytes (comes in powder & paste)
~ Hoof pick
Here is a helpful checklist if your new to camping with your horse
Bring plenty of Hay & Grain that your horse is use to having.
~ Some horses do not like to drink water that is not from home, if you are new to camping maybe bring some water from home just in case. Don't over feed your horse when you are away from home, they should still get the same amounts. (Bring water Buckets & Feed Buckets) You may want to have electrolytes on hand as well if they don't drink enough. Hot weather and lots of sweeting can cause problems. Electrolytes come in many forms, one you put in the water and a paste like wormer, always good to carry some with you.
If at night it gets cold out, you may want to put a light blanket on your horse.
~ Some horses will get chilled overnight due to not being able to move around. By morning they are not feeling well and can very easily colic. Use of a tie line does help since they can move the most tied this way, but it still can happen.
Have spares of your important tack.
~ If a halter or lead rope would brake make sure you bring a spare. Along with any tack or other items that you would be lost without if they broke. Make sure all your tack is in good working order.
Pack a hoof pick even in your saddle bag.
~ You never know when you may need to clean your horses hoof or inspect it, always have a way to clean it out.
Tie Line Hooks
~ Here at Tri-Co we do supply tie lines that are already up. If you would like to put up your own lines feel free, just bring something to protect the trees (old girths work wonderful). Just bring the hooks for the tie lines.
~ Make sure your horses hooves can't get tangled in the hay bag you have provided them. Always keep a knife on hand just in case!
~ In camp we normally have a wheelbarrow, but it could be MIA when you come so you may want to bring one. Also bring a manure fork so you can clean up your area.
~ Don't forget your saddle, bridle, saddle pad and breast collar if you use one. Make sure all is in good working order. Also bring a spare halter and lead rope, you never know when one will brake and these are must haves.
First Aide Kit
~ Always have a first aide kit in your trailer for you and your horse. Also a small kit to take in a saddle bag. You may never have to use it, but the one time you do... you will be thankful you had it! Or you can help your neighbor out if they need help. There are many "don't leave home with out it" items! Most will keep forever also, so you can just leave them in the trailer and saddle bag. Check out the list to the left and try to at least get the main items if not all.
Always have a Cell phone or GPS tracker on you
~ You never know when you might get lost or hurt. If you have a cell phone attached to you, they will know where to find you in an emergency!
** Did you know... that if you have a charged old cell phone and have it in your saddle bags and your horse takes off without you, they can track your phone even if you do not have it activated?! Make sure the phone is on and charged and has a GPS in it (old phones that did not have them will not work). Great use for those outdated phones!
Safer Not To Ride Alone
~ It is always better to ride with someone else. If you do not have anyone to ride with, have a contact person that you check in with so they know you have made it back safe. Even if it is someone at the park you are at.