Many of us have human first aid training and this has to be updated every 2 years. So why don’t owners update their horse first aid knowledge?
Here’s 5 reasons to update your horse first aid knowledge:
- Stop googling
Yes there is some great information online, but identifying what you need and reliable sources of information is very time consuming.
Just because someone talks a good talk in an online forum doesn’t mean they actual know what they are talking about… chances are they probably aren’t a vet either.
- Feel confident
Knowing what to do when, and that you can cope with a horsey emergency is a great feeling. Knowing that your knowledge is correct and up to date is even better.
Whether this for you with one horse, running a yard of 50 or looking after a friends horse its great to trust your knowledge.
- Save time
If you’re aren’t sure that your horse is quite right you will go back and check, check again, maybe check again. You’ll dither (vet or no vet), you’ll ask everyone else on the yard and then you might also hit the internet. If you knew exactly when you needed the vet you’ll save heaps of time (the one thing you can’t buy
- Save money
Not calling the vet out can be a false economy at times. Imagine it’s Friday lunchtime and your horse isn’t quite right, maybe he / she seems a bit agitated. It might be nothing but it might be an early colic sign. Fast forward and it’s 8pm and he’s a bit sweaty, rolling and looking uncomfortable.
Now it’s an out of hours call out and the prognosis could be worse for your horse as well
- Make better decisions for your horses
This is a popular reason why owners attend the course. As owners we love our horses and want to do the best for them. Most owners make poor decisions through no fault of their own, just lack of knowledge.
If you need reason 6 it’s a lovely lunch and reason 7 is the chance to connect with lots of other lovely owners like yourself