EQUUS - - Hands On -

Take a few min­utes this month to clean out your barn medicine cab­i­net. Start by throw­ing out all of the fol­low­ing items (make a list of things you dis­pose of so you can re­place them promptly):

• any ex­pired prod­ucts

• oint­ments with vis­i­ble dirt or hair mixed in

• prod­ucts that have changed color or clar­ity

• pills that are crum­bling, changed ap

pear­ance or give off an un­usual odor

• pow­ders that have clumped to­gether from mois­ture

• self-ad­he­sive wrap that has “melted” onto it­self over time, be­com­ing dif­fi­cult to un­roll Next, check the bat­tery on your dig­i­tal ther­mome­ter to en­sure it’s still work­ing. If you have a glass ther­mome­ter, in­spect it closely for dam­age. Check scis­sors or other tools to en­sure they

are in good work­ing or­der. Fi­nally, wash all your fab­ric ban­dages and wraps.

Repack all of the new, re­paired and cleaned items into a wa­ter­proof con­tainer, such as a large plas­tic tub with a lid. In that con­tainer, also store the phone num­bers of your vet­eri­nar­ian and far­rier, as well as copies of your horse’s Cog­gins0 pa­per­work, vac­cine sched­ule and other per­ti­nent health and med­i­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion. If you’re not around in an emer­gency or you need to re­lo­cate your horse on short no­tice, quick ac­cess to this in­for­ma­tion may be vi­tal.

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