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Emergency first aid for wounds

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Emergency first aid for wounds

Horses have a well-developed ‘fight or flight’ mechanism and they often react first, regardless of the injuries caused while doing so. Commonly wounds are caused by direct trauma on foreign objects such as gates, fencing and stabling equipment, or from a kick from another horse. Emergency first aid can easily be provided by anyone before the veterinary surgeon arrives and can significantly improve healing times of the patient when applied correctly.

A minor skin wound on the pastern
©Prof Derek Knottenbelt

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