Action Point: Review SWIPER with everyone in the barn and run through a few scenarios together from time-to-time. Focus on a variety of equine emergencies, including colic, lacerations, eye injuries, choke,  lameness, a fallen or stuck horse, puncture wounds, grain overload, et cetera.

Rationale: SWIPER is a simple and effective acronym to remind people of the steps to follow in an emergency scenario. Post it in a central location and tuck a copy into the first-aid kit. Talking about potential emergency scenarios will serve as an effective tool in preparing everyone responsible for the day-to-day care of the horses for an emergency if and when one does occur, including borders, lessees, and students. Compile a record of hypothetical and real-life experiences for educational purposes.

Scan the horse and environment.
What is wrong?
Immediate needs…prioritize.
Reassess and repeat.

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