How Can We Facilitate First Aid Education?

Rebecca Gimenez shares how veterinarians and technicians can educate horse owners about first aid.
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In an online forum recently I asked horse people, veterinarians and technicians “What can your veterinarian teach you to make you better at offering first aid on scene for your horse?”  Their answers, hundreds of them, were completely different in scope plus expectations, and generated lively discussion. I collated their responses to provide the reader some insight.


To veterinarians, a “scene” is a very serious situation like entrapment  or trauma. However, to horse owners, anything with potential to injure their horse(s) was a genuine concern, across a wide variety of experience level.  Owners expressed interest in learning details – from triage, to correct TPRs, to giving first aid while waiting for the vet, to field euthanasia.  Moreover, they admitted if they didn’t get it from their vet, Dr. Google or a fellow horse owner provided the education

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Rebecca Gimenez Husted, BS, PhD, is the primary instructor and president of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. Her first book, Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, was published in 2008. She is an internationally sought instructor in technical rescue techniques, procedures, and methodologies, and she has published numerous critiques, articles and journal submissions on horse safety, technical large animal rescue and horse handling issues.

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