When to call the vet
It’s time for some more of my generation and younger to get involved in running their sport and take control of where it is heading’
Always call your vet for advice on any wound, but you need to call immediately if : • the wound is deep • there is a lot of bleeding • it is anywhere that could be near a joint or tendon or other vital structure on the legs it involves the eye/eyelids it is into the chest or abdomen it involves other vital parts eg. sinuses, mouth, axilla (equivalent of our armpit), groin, neck etc. • the horse is showing signs of lameness • tetanus vaccination is not up-to-date
We asked you to share some household first aid tips for horses. Here’s what you had to say:
KRISTEL MACK SAUNDERS Make your own cold packs by using Palmolive dishwashing liquid and water in a resealable bag. The dishwashing liquid stops the water freezing solid so you can shape it to the area needed.
LISA PRESTON Large plastic tool boxes are great for first aid storage. They fit all bandages, nappies, lotions and potions. The lift out trays are handy for scissors and hoof knives and plastic compartments keep tiny items together. Carry handle useful for running across the paddock. Lid is lockable to keep water and rodents out. Finally these boxes are strong enough to stand on to give you more height if you’re short like me!
KRISTIN BAYLIS Ask your vet to save used up IV bags – the plastic is mega strong and are useful for things like a foot soak bag (cut one end open, fill with soak, tape to hoof not too tight most liquid will stay in), or taping to hooves to walk them through somewhere muddy if their feet and lower legs need to stay clean.
LOUISE GEE If your horse has a wound on the body but needs to be rugged, a thick maternity sanitary pad stuck either side of the wound will stop pressure from the rug. Great for skinny rescues’ withers and hips to stop pressure sores too.
CAROLINE CORNISH GIBBS Dare I say this one – learnt from working in a polo yard – hemorrhoid cream to heal cut mouths! ( bags I don’t go to the shops) and sugardene – sugar and Vetadine under a nappy to poultice hoof. I have a roll of Gladwrap in my car since my friend’s horse ripped its side open and they wrapped her up to hold everything in.
PENNY RIETER For a horse with bad mud fever I cut the toes out of men’s rugby socks and pull them on her legs like slouch socks, works a treat! With 11 high maintenance horses I have learnt to be thrifty.
MICHELLE LEE Oldie but a goodie, yeast is a great poultice. Buy it in a jar at the supermarket. It will last years in your kit. To use just mix a handful with warm water to make a paste and smear it on the wound. Great especially for puncture wounds. It seals the wound, draws out the gunk, sets and flakes out.
RACHEL BALL I like to have big tubs of Vaseline on hand which becomes a foundation for all sorts; use with a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil for noses, also great for stressed horses with lavender and other essential oils for calming. Also large pots of zinc – ask at chemist and tell them it’s for a baby and it’s cheap as chips for large pots
REBECCA JANE NAIRN Non-toxic super glue for minor flesh wounds.
HUIA AOTEAROA Use coconut oil on small wounds to help healing and keep them from drying out. Raw manuka honey for wounds and healing without proudflesh – a friend’s yearling went through a fence, the vet said gonner, we slathered on the honey and bingo – needs to have ‘raw’ on the label; if they boil it (like most honey) it will lose antiseptic qualities.
STEPHANIE POOL A tyre inner to keep hoof poultices clean and dry. Slide hoof in. Fold over the front of the hoof and tie with baling twine or the likes. Used on my friends mare that as really good at getting normal Shoofs off! LOL!
LEANNE CHAMBERLIN Rather than using disposable nappies, Honeywrap (beeswax wrap) is an eco-friendly (and harder wearing, more malleable) alternative. Cover the underside of the hoof with Animalintex, then keep the dirt out (and the poultice on) with one of these: www.honeywrap.co.nz/. You can re-use after rinsing them. They’re great because they are tacky, so they act a bit like an adhesive bandage, but have the added advantage of keeping the water and dirt out. Also great for wrapping school lunches!
LEESHA CONWAY I’ve just discovered teat cream (for cows) for mud fever. I have a mare that has had mud fever develop from a half-healed wound (due to a disagreement with a fence!). I have tried all suggestion on how to treat it with no success. Been using the teat cream for two days and it’s almost completely gone!
Emma Buckingham (nee Blair) comes from a well-known horsey family in the Waitemata region, north-west of Auckland. Her father, Lance, is the man behind Cricklewood Horse Coaches, and mum Louise is equally highly regarded in show hunter administration. With Emma at the helm, Show Jumping Waitemata has taken out the accolade of ‘best show’ for three years in a row, so I decided to find out some more about this highly motivated young gun of show organisation, nurse and mother-of-one. You are actively involved in the show jumping world as both a rider and show organiser, despite your busy lifestyle as a nurse and mother. Do you believe that more riders need to find the time to ‘give back’ to the sport? Absolutely, the sport will never run without volunteer input. I strongly believe that if you enjoy the sport you need to put something back, and this starts at your local level. It’s time for some more of my generation and younger to get involved in running their sport and take control of where it is heading. I believe for the sport to go ahead we need to attract big corporate sponsors. To attract these sponsors I think we need to make changes to the way the sport is delivered to the public and I’m sure there are plenty of young people out there with great ideas who could make this happen.
Like mother, like daughter... Emma competing Dawn in the Amateur series class at the Waitemata World Cup Show at Woodhill Sands in February and (right) on her dam, the talented Antipodes at the 2001 Horse of the Year Show; she was a successful Grand Prix mare and won the Young Rider Championship in 2000 Both your parents, Louise and Lance Blair, are keen and knowledgeable horse enthusiasts. What have you learnt from them? . I come from a long line of volunteers. My grandmother, Jane Vallings, was the president of Waitemata Show Jumping for many, many years. Mum put years of service into pony club and this followed on into show hunter as we moved on from pony club. Putting something back into the sport was instilled in me early. If I wanted to enjoy the sport I needed to help out, as even back then the courses didn’t put themselves up. Some great ideas have come out working this way. garden. I did play a part in the decorating of the [World Cup] show and spent the winter collating ideas on Pinterest. However, we are privileged to have enormous input from local nursery, T & M Nurseries. The area is also very lucky to have many experienced gardeners; amongst those are Emma and Rhonda Goddard who put in many hours to make sure our main ring looks top class. I joked before the show that we should
really be advertising it as the Woodhill Flower Show rather than the World Cup Final to get a few more spectators in the gate. bit of a surprise but I think it was a great boost for our committee and drove us to lift our game the following year. The second year we won the award for the World Cup Final which we ended up hosting at the last minute by default. It was great to be rewarded for a lot of hard work. Our group always looks to improve on what we have done the season before so the 2015 World Cup Final was a step up again; it was fantastic to be acknowledged with the win again.
What can we expect from the 2016 Waitemata World Cup show? Have you any big changes or improvements in the pipelines? We are always looking to improve so yes, you will see an improved World Cup final in 2016. In fact, planning for 2016 started before the first horse was in the ring at our last show. Our focus last year was to showcase the sport to the wider public by providing entertainment that included more than just horses jumping sticks. We put a lot of effort into advertising and we were rewarded with thousands of spectators enjoying our sport; this can only be a good thing! Next year the World Cup Final will be a three-day show. We have also taken on the North Island Championships for 2015/16 and this will take place after Horse of the Year over Easter Weekend.