Nearly 30 spectators turned out at Elmsley Stables to watch and learn as five impeccably-behaved equines assisted in a demonstration of first aid techniques for horse and rider.
The session started with a brief overview of human first aid and how to deal with an emergency situation, before moving on to general horse health, what the main signs of health are, and what the temperature, pulse and respiration (TPR) should be.
A demonstration was then given on how to check for a pulse and how and where to use the stethoscope, with all spectators then encouraged to use the stethoscope and feel for the pulse.
Participants also discussed what items are required in a veterinary first aid kit and the importance of first aid in the basic form, including cleaning wounds using saline solution, cold hosing and poulticing and the value of using duck tape and nappies when poulticing feet!
The next move was to demonstrate how to put on knee, hock and a coronet bandage and explain their individual uses, with participants encouraged to have a go. The horses were fantastic and very tolerant even when they had had several bandages on at one time. Using the stethoscope proved to be more of a challenge and some spectators could not hear anything - luckily the pony was still standing!
The team would like to thank Angy Sporr and her team for the use of her facilities.