A recent post on A Filly’s Best Friend about catching loose horses got me thinking about a similar incident in my own life about 10 years ago. I was driving to my barn in a not-terribly-rural part of Vermont, and a horse came out of what seemed like nowhere to gallop in front of my car. I slammed on the brakes, pulled over, and luckily the horse was so wigged out by everything he came right to me. I grabbed his halter with my hand and led him over to the nearby barn that I knew he’d come from. They had only just realized he was gone and were relieved and grateful.
A few days later, I bought a cheap nylon halter and an extra cotton lead rope and added them to my car’s emergency kit. I keep a few basic supplies in a milk crate in my trunk at all times: a jug of water, extra windshield wiper fluid, a quart of oil, jumper cables, some old hand towels, a human first aid kit, an extra winter hat and gloves, and some reflective blankets. I added the halter and lead rope to it. Of course, now that I’m prepared, I’ve never since needed it.
But reading that post got me to thinking: should I add to that kit? Maybe some gauze and vetwrap? I’ve posted before about my fairly obsessive trailering first aid kit, and I’m wondering if that needs to be expanded.
Do you keep any horse rescuing supplies in your car at all times? What kinds of things do you have?