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 (similar to pinching a humans finger nail)
Dehydration test ~ Pinch the loose skin on the neck of a horse - should go back to normal in 2 seconds ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Some items to include in a First Aid Kit:
~A rectal thermometer (with a string on
it if you don't want it to get lost!)
~ Water base lubricant for the
~ 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
~ Latex Gloves
~ Wire Cutters
~ Pocket Knife
~ Twitch (if you don't have one, make
one with a old horse shoe & baling
~ Ice Pack
~ Electrolytes (comes in both powder &
~ 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 being fed.
~ Some horses do not like to drink unfamiliar water. If you are new to camping, you may want to bring some water from home just in case. Also, don't over-feed your horse when you are away from home...your horse should still get the same amount. Don't forget your water & feed buckets! You may also want to have electrolytes on hand as well in case your horse doesn't drink enough. Hot weather and lots of sweating can cause problems. Electrolytes come in many forms, so check with your vet to see which one they recommend.
If it gets cold at night, 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 if they are confined in a small area. If the temperature drastically changes, as we have seen the last few years, your horse may colic. The use of a tie-line may help since this enables them to move around more.
Have spare items of your important tack.
~ If a halter or lead rope would break, make sure you bring a spare. It's always a good idea to inspect your "must have" tack to make sure it is in good working order.
Pack a hoof pick, including in your saddlebag.
~ You never know when you may need to clean your horses hooves, so it's always a good idea to not only have one in your tack box, but also in your saddlebag.
~ Here at Tri-Co, tie-lines are already up and available around the campground. You just
need to bring your own hooks for the tie lines. If you would like to put up your own lines,
feel free, just bring something to protect the trees (old girths work wonderful!).
~ Make sure your horses hooves can't get tangled in the hay bag you have provided.
Always keep a knife on hand just in case!
~ In camp we normally have a wheelbarrow you can use, but it could be MIA when you
need one, so you may want to bring your own. Also, don't forget your 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 items are in good working order. Also, it's always a good idea to bring a spare halter
and lead rope because you never know when the one you are using might break.
~ Always have a first-aid kit in your trailer for you and your horse. Also, a small first-aid kit to
take in a saddle bag is always a good idea as well. You may never have to use it, but the
one time you do, you will be thankful you had it! You can also help your neighbor out if they
need help. There are many "don't leave home with out it" items you should include! Most
of the items will keep forever, so you can just leave them in your trailer and saddle bag.
Be sure to check out the list to the left and try to have at least the main items for your
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 with you, it is easier to find your location in an emergency.
** Interesting fact that is great to know: If you have an old cell phone that can be charged, turn it on and place it in your saddle bag (even if it is not your current activated cell phone). If your horse takes off without you, your charged cell phone can be tracked! However, make sure your older phone has a GPS in it (older phones that did not have them will not work). This is a great use for your outdated phones!
Safer Not To Ride Alone
~ It is always better to ride with a friend and not by yourself. If you do not have anyone to ride with, make sure you have a contact person that knows you are going on a ride, where you are riding, and how long you will be. Contact them when your ride is over to let them know you are back and safe.