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November 2003

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101 Horsekeping Tips Issue

This newsletter is a personal letter from me to you,
a fellow horse owner and enthusiast.
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting stories and helpful tips for your
horse care, training, and riding.

The HEALTH CARE section covers everything from how to give oral meds, to taking the CRT, to floating teeth. Here is a sample from the HEALTH CARE section:

First Aid Kit

The purpose of a first aid kit is to provide you with the tools and supplies you need to give immediate care to your horse.

I have 3 barn first aid kits. One next to the crossties that holds frequently used items.

The other two are in the tack room.

I keep a commercial human first aid kit right by the door.

And I keep my custom trauma kit ready when I need it and at room temperature. I assembled all of the essential tools and supplies for dealing with a wound in a large plastic container with a snap lid. (Available in the home storage section of your favorite department store).

When an emergency strikes, I know when I open my kit, all the necessary items will be there, ready to use.


first aid book
veterinarian’s phone number
flashlight and batteries
latex gloves
lubricating jelly
Betadine solution
Betadine ointment (povidone-iodine, 10%)
triple antibiotic ointment furacin ointment (nitrofurazone)
saline eyewash
phenylbutazone (Butazolidine)
Banamine (flunixin meglumine)
wooden applicator sticks
non-stick gauze pads
conforming gauze padding (leg quilts or disposable diapers)
self-adhering stretch bandage
elastic adhesive tape
pocket knife
watch with second hand
disposable syringes and needles
instant cold compress


chain twitch
protective hoof boot
weight tape
clean buckets
clean cloths
clean spray bottle
portable lights (clamp or stand)
extension cords




The FACILITIES section covers everything from bridle care and storage, to making a water buddy, to ideal round pen size. Here is a sample from the FACILITIES section:

Fire Strip

For safety against fire and to eliminate breeding grounds for flies and mice, keep at least a 30’ perimeter regularly mowed around all of your horse buildings.

The TACK section covers everything from conditioning leather, to washing blankets, to cleaning Velcro. Here is a sample from the TACK section:

Blanket Zap

During dry weather, when you remove a blanket from a horse, static electricity can make a load snap and cause a stinging zap that can make a horse blanket shy.

101 Horsekeeping Tips DVDWhen a horse’s hair coat is very dry and fluffy, it is more likely to zap. Natural oils insulate the hair shafts and cut down on zapping – that’s one reason I minimizing bathing (which removes natural oils) and emphasize currying and brushing (which distributes the oils to the ends of the hairs).

I’ve also found that various blanket materials work differently in different climates. Here, certain nylon and fleece linings generate more static electricity than cotton or wool linings. But this can vary according to the temperature and humidity in YOUR barn.

No matter what blanket I use, when removing it, I DON'T slide it across the horse’s hair coat, which could create static electricity. Instead, I lift the blanket UP and off. To avoid a zap at the moment I separate the blanket from the horse - I do it one handed. I remove the blanket with one hand and keep my other hand free of the horse's body and the blanket. That way, I don't complete an electrical circuit and my horse doesn't get zapped.

That's it for this month. Don't forget, when you ride, keep your mind in the middle and a leg on each side.

Cherry Hill

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