Horses are big animals, and even with the best of care and a warm comfy stable, it is understandable that they will spend a high proportion of their time outdoors. This means that as a horse owner you may find yourself dealing with unexpected injuries and illnesses a little more often. It is a wise move to have a selection of appropriate first aid essentials on hand in case injuries do occur so that you can deal with them as soon as possible. It is always a good idea to seek medical advice from your vet as well. There are certainly some injuries such as minor wounds that you can usually deal with on your own, so bandages, antibacterial skin cleaner and other basic items are useful to have close by. You should also ensure that you are familiar with your horse’s health in general, this will allow you to spot as quickly as possible when something is not right.