February Barn Care Challenge – Clean Out Your Medical Supplies

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Happy February!

For this month’s Barn Care Challenge, I challenge you to clean out and update your medical supplies. Check expiration dates, throw out anything you can’t open, and update your emergency numbers. Be prepared for the mystery scrape or that late night vet call.

Challenge 1: Go Through Your Current Supplies

If you’re anything like an old barn I used to work at you’ll need to grab your face mask and rubber gloves for this one. Sorting through all of your current medical supplies will give you a better idea of what you have and what you need. Plus, you’ll get a strangely satisfying feeling by the end.

  • Check expiration dates – although the date printed isn’t always reliable if your bottle is from 1998 it’s probably best to throw it away.
  • Toss any non-sterile packaging – most gauze pads, needles, swabs, etc. come in sealed, sterile packaging. Throw away any supplies where the packing is stained or opened.
  • If you can’t open it, toss it
  • If you can’t read the label, toss it
  • Make a grocery list! – write down any old or missing supplies you need to buy.
  • Discard your sharps – Most vets will give out sharps receptacles or you can buy them online. Next time your vet visits ask them to take it with them or check out your town’s trash/recycling program.

There are a ton of blog posts online about what you should include in your equine medical supplies. This list from The Horse is my favorite.

Challenge 2: Update your emergency information

When an emergency strikes with your horse you definitely don’t want to be without important info and phone numbers. This month take a look at your “in case of emergency” sheet and make sure all info is updated.

Don’t have one? Print out this worksheet and fill it in! (Click the photo to print)

Click here to print an ONTF Emergency Information worksheet.

Challenge 3: Share your success

Post your before/after pics on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #barncarechallenge. Don’t forget to tag ontfequestrian!

The before and after of my medicine supply clean-out.

Go out and conquer this month’s barn care challenge! As always please share this post on Facebook, Pinterest, and with family and friends. 

Happy Trails!

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