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’

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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.

Emma is jus­ti­fi­ably proud of the im­pres­sive ring dec­o­ra­tions at the Waitem­ata show

Molly is al­ready show­ing a keen in­ter­est in ponies

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