Last week I took a whole week off from riding, blogging, and anything pertaining to me having solo quiet time with my own horses. It wasn’t necessarily intentional, but it ended up being unavoidable.
First off, if you don’t have kids you won’t understand, but when the holidays roll around kids don’t go to school. Yup, they have to stay HOME. With their mom. Or dad. In my case, ME. Which is great! I love spending time with my kids, but I can’t really plop them in front of the TV, and sneak out the front door to go ride. (Or could I??)
Second off, Thanksgiving happened. Because my husband owns a bakery, the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t drum-up happy memories of relaxation with family and friends. Thanksgiving means long hours and late nights getting all the extra orders filled. It means being exhausted and stressed. Not to mention that MY job keeps me busy every single day of the year. For some reason horses expect to eat and poop on Thanksgiving and Christmas! WHAT?! It’s true, trust me.
Thirdly, apparently all the horses in my barns got the memo that Thursday was a holiday, and that Allie’s family was really busy and tired, so that was the perfect day to get hurt or colic. I don’t know who sent out that memo, but when I find out which horse it was, I’m evicting them.
AND fourthly, nasty germs descended upon my household last week. They wickedly cackled at the sight of our poor immune systems before wreaking even more havoc, with nasty colds throughout the week, and ending it with a bang–stomach bugs all around.
The good news is, the week ended. All horses are alive and well.
The bad news is, my wound care caddy took a beating and I need to restock. For the most part, I had everything I needed on hand to treat the wounds or goopy eyes that plagued my barns. And only one colic required veterinary assistance, the other just needed a dose of banamine and extra care. It is always a good feeling to have everything you need in an emergency! Now I lack just a few odds and ends, and I’d like to restock as quickly as possible before the next horsey memo gets sent out.
The main things I need are some form of cloth or gauze to clean wounds. In the past, I’ve used old clean t-shirts that I cut up and store in my caddy. I’ve also used old clean socks, which work great when used over a gloved hand. However, when I was cleaning one small wound in particular, it would have been really convenient to have a small stack of disposable gauze pads, or something of the sort, that I could throw to the side after using.
Of course, I realize that everyone has differing opinions on wound care. We are horse owners, after all… But, I’m just addressing minor lacerations that can be handled at home.
So, my question to you is, what do you use to clean wounds? A clean cloth? A sponge? Gauze pads?
And next, is there a certain kind of wound dressing that you particularly love to use?