From time to time, even the most responsible horse owner will have to deal with unexpected illness or injury. Having a first aid kit to hand to deal with a situation when it arises is sensible. While of course, it is important to seek veterinary advice if your horse becomes ill or injured, there are some things you can do to help the situation until your horse can be seen by a professional. Minor wounds, strains and bruises can often be dealt with at home. Products such as bandages and padding, antibacterial skin cleanser, intrasite gel and muscle embrocation are useful to have in stock for situations such as these. Dermisol cream is also handy to speed up the healing process. As well as having all these products to hand, a horse owner should also be familiar with their horse's healthy pulse rate, respiratory rate and temperature in order to be able to identify any abnormalities.